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Broccoli rabe, also known as rapini, has a pleasantly bitter flavor that is a great contrast to the sweet pork sausage in the sauce. Prepare this dish in cool-weather months, when broccoli rabe is in season.

Pasta With Broccoli Rabe and Sausage
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 6
  • 1 pound orecchiette
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage,
  • casings removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan (4 ounces)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and return it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking
  3. it up with a spoon, until it’s no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes.
  4. Stir in the garlic and cook 1 minute.
  5. Add the broth and red pepper and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli rabe and simmer, covered, until
  6. tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Stir in the butter and Parmesan and cook, uncovered, until the sauce thickens slightly, 1 to 2
  8. minutes.
  9. Toss the pasta with the sausage mixture and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.