Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

Good but not great

September 25, 2017
I thought this was good but not great. It's a quick weeknight recipe and a good use of leftover cooked sausage. I think it was the smoked sausage that I didn't love. Next time I would try cooked hot Italian chicken sausage (I love spice but you could use any type of sausage). I don't like broccoli rabe so I used broccolini which I adore. The lemon is a great addition and adds some bright acidity.