Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Penne

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Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Penne Recipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower

If broccoli rabe is a bit bitter for your family or if you have trouble finding it, chopped broccoli would be a delicious substitute. Serve with extra lemon for more zip.

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)


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2 quarts water
8 ounces uncooked multigrain penne pasta
1 pound broccoli rabe, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 (3-ounce) smoked chicken sausages, each diagonally cut into 8 pieces
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 ounces pecorino Romano cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)


1. Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add pasta; cook 7 minutes. Add broccoli rabe; cook 2 minutes. Drain pasta mixture, reserving 2/3 cup cooking liquid; keep pasta warm.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sausage to pan; cook 6 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add 2/3 cup reserved pasta water, pasta mixture, pepper, and salt to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly reduced. Stir in juice, and sprinkle with cheese.

Created date

December 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 374
Fat 12 g
Satfat 4.1 g
Monofat 3.7 g
Polyfat 0.5 g
Protein 25 g
Carbohydrate 48 g
Fiber 6 g
Cholesterol 58 mg
Iron 6 mg
Sodium 539 mg
Calcium 264 mg
Sugars 4 g
Est. Added Sugars 1 g