Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Reserve 1 cup cooking liquid; drain.
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.
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.
Add pasta, remaining 1/2 cup pasta water, walnuts, rind, juice, and red pepper to pan; toss to combine. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately.
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.
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