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Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Penne

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower

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

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.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.