Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage



  • 1 pound orecchiette
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 1/2cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan (4 ounces)
  • Salt & black pepper


  1. Cook the pasta according to package. Drain and return it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until its golden brown, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Stir in the garlic, cook 1 minute.
  4. Add broth and red pepper, bring to a boil. Add the broccoli rabe and simmer, covered, until tender, 3-4 minutes.
  5. Stir in the Parmesan and cook, uncovered, until the sauce thickens, 1-2 minutes.
  6. Toss the pasta and sausage mixture together, add salt & pepper.


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