Photo: Frances Janisch
Prep Time
15 Mins
Other Time
10 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Orecchiette pasta is an ideal partner for the weighty sausage and broccoli rabe in this recipe. For a milder flavor, use broccoli instead of broccoli rabe.

How to Make It

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the sausage and cook, crumbling it with a spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the broth and red pepper and bring to a boil. Then add the broccoli rabe, cover, and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the butter and Parmesan and cook, uncovered, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. Add the drained pasta, season with the salt and black pepper, and toss to combine.

Tip: Broccoli rabe, a leafy distant cousin of broccoli, has a bitter flavor and smaller florets. For a milder alternative, substitute broccoli. For a more peppery bite, try arugula, Swiss chard, or beet greens.

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Ratings & Reviews

chbinder's Review

February 11, 2011
The best version of this recipe I have seen to date. I tweaked it like many of the prior reviewers. I decreased the broth, parm and salt. I have used turkey italian sausage -- either the sweet or hot -- and both have been wonderful. I used frozen broccoli which worked well. This has quickly become a favorite of the family. So easy and delish!

indianamuse's Review

October 08, 2010
As good as it gets! This was super easy to make and so delicious! I used chicken stock instead of broth which I think added to the flavor. Next time I would reduce the sauce a bit more as mine was just a touch to watery. I also think a bit more red pepper flakes would be in order.

sunmom's Review

October 19, 2011
I really liked this dish! Just happened to have the ingredients on hand too. I had broccoli and cauliflower so i used a combination. It was really tasty. I did reduce the amount of chicken broth by half - still a little watery so probably would do even less next time. Overall great dish. My 3 years had 2 servings! :)

KaseyL's Review

October 14, 2012