Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli RabeRecipe
Photo: Annabelle Breakey


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

Total time: 30 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 365
Caloriesfromfat 23 %
Protein 21 g
Fat 10 g
Satfat 2.6 g
Carbohydrate 48 g
Fiber 4.7 g
Sodium 483 mg
Cholesterol 17 mg


8 ounces orecchiette pasta
8 ounces Italian-style sausages, casings removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 bunch broccoli rabe, ends trimmed, chopped
About 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Parmesan cheese


1. Cook pasta as package directs. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, brown sausages in oil, stirring to break up, about 5 minutes. Add shallot and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in vinegar and scrape pan to loosen browned bits. Add broccoli rabe, sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt and the pepper, and cook, covered, until bright green and tender-crisp, about 2 minutes.

2. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Return pasta to pot along with sausage mixture. Add a little reserved water if pasta seems dry. Season with salt to taste and serve with parmesan.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.


Use hot Italian sausages for a bit of kick, or stick with mild sausages and serve red chile flakes on the side so people can sprinkle on exactly as much as they want.