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Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage & Broccoli Rabe

April 16, 2009

Quick and easy meals are a must in any good cook’s recipe repetoire. I love pastas that don’t have traditional sauces and that can be considered a complete meal in and of themselves. With the sausage, broccoli rabe, and pasta, this covers all the basics of a meal. My husband loves this pasta because of it’s rich sausage flavor and the slight kick from the red pepper flakes.

Orrecchiette with Spicy Sausage & Broccoli Rabe

Recipe from Giada de Laurentiis’ Everyday Italian

Serves: 4

Time: Approximately 20 minutes


2 bunches of broccoli rabe (also known as broccolini), stalks trimmed and quartered

1 lb. orecchiette pasta (I used farfalle, but any small pasta will do)

3 Tablespoons olive oil

1 lb. spicy sausage, casings removed

3 garlic cloves, minced

Pinch of dried, crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


img_0312Bring a large pot to boil. Add the broccoli rabe and cook until crisp-tender, about 1 minute.

img_0317Strain the broccoli rabe, reserving all the cooking liquid. Set the broccoli rabe aside. Cook the pasta in the same pot of boiling water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, in a large skilllet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up with a spoon until the sauage is brown and juices form, about 8 minutes.

img_0316Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broccoli rabe and toss to coat.

img_0320Add the poasta and enough reserved cooking water, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten. Stir the Parmesan cheese, salt to taste, and pepper into the pasta mixture. Serve and enjoy!


3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2009 10:16 am

    I love this recipe!! I make a more fatty version with a cup of parm and asiago blend. It melts all over and is DELICIOUS! Love the spiciness of the sausage with this. YUMO!

  2. January 29, 2012 7:17 pm

    I made this tonight and my dad and I LOVED it! SO good!

    • Liana permalink*
      February 11, 2012 1:44 pm

      So glad you liked it! This is one of Will’s favorites, so we make it often. 🙂

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