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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.

Sara Quessenberry
Recipe by Real Simple September 2005

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Credit: Frances Janisch

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
25 mins
Yield:
Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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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Nutrition Facts

calcium 423mg; 849 calories; calories from fat 37%; carbohydrates 85.9g; cholesterol 90.5mg; fat 34.9g; fiber 4.3g; iron 6.4mg; protein 46.8mg; saturated fat 16.8g; sodium 1438.4mg.
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