Orecchiette with Spicy Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Prep: 21 minutes; Cook: 17 minutes

Boiling the broccoli rabe with the pasta tones down the bitter flavor of this dark green, leafy vegetable. Hot sausage and crushed red pepper add a kick of heat that can be tempered by using sweet turkey Italian sausage and less red pepper.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
Recipe from Oxmoor House

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 210
  • Fat: 5.1g
  • Saturated fat: 1.7g
  • Protein: 13.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 28.2g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 24mg
  • Iron: 2.4mg
  • Sodium: 386mg
  • Calcium: 60mg


  • 3/4 pound broccoli rabe (rapini)
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 3/4 cups (6 ounces) uncooked orecchiette (
  • 1/2 pound hot turkey Italian sausage
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese


  1. 1. Thinly slice green leaves of broccoli rabe, and cut stems into 2-inch pieces.
  2. 2. Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Add pasta; cook 6 minutes. Add broccoli rabe leaves and stems; cook 5 minutes or until tender.
  3. 3. While pasta and broccoli rabe cook, remove casings from sausage. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Add sausage; cook 7 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add broth and next 3 ingredients; bring to a boil. Drain pasta and broccoli rabe; stir hot cooked pasta, broccoli rabe, and tomatoes into sausage mixture; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with cheese; toss well.
  4. Orecchiette (oh-ray-kee-EHT-tay), a pasta originally from the Puglia region, is named for its resemblance to "little ears."
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