Orecchiette with Turkey Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, and Walnuts

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Orecchiette with Turkey Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, and WalnutsRecipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Warming winter flavors unite to create this simple and elegant weeknight dish.

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


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6 ounces uncooked orecchiette pasta
5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
8 ounces sweet turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch broccoli rabe (about 12 ounces), trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Reserve 1 cup cooking liquid; drain.

2. While pasta cooks, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add walnuts; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer walnuts to a plate.

3. Add remaining 4 teaspoons oil and sausage to pan; cook 6 minutes, stirring to crumble sausage. Add garlic, broccoli rabe, and 1/2 cup reserved pasta water; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping pan to loosen browned bits.

4. Add pasta, remaining 1/2 cup pasta water, walnuts, rind, juice, and red pepper to pan; toss to combine. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately.

Created date

September 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 424
Fat 21 g
Satfat 5.9 g
Monofat 7.7 g
Polyfat 5.8 g
Protein 24 g
Carbohydrate 37 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 57 mg
Iron 3 mg
Sodium 507 mg
Calcium 83 mg