Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)

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

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

I love this pasta.

Alilaclie
November 29, 2017
This is my favorite pasta dish, hands down. I've made it dozens of times. Sometimes I add a bit more lemon juice, to taste.

Very yummy

agavegal
November 05, 2015
I used regular Italian sausage, this recipe is great!

3 1/2 stars

daneanp
August 09, 2016
I liked this, hubby was so/so.  I had to use chicken sausage as my market did not have turkey sausage.  I also used broccoli florets which I boiled for about 5 minutes and then ran under cold water to stop the cooking process.  The orecchiette always seems to take longer to boil than what the package stated; next time 12-15 minutes total.  Would make again.  It was quite easy on a work night and my 19 year old scarfed it down.