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4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Use hot turkey Italian sausage to add a little kick to this hearty, quick penne pasta meal. For a less bitter flavor than broccoli rabe, substitute Broccolini.

How to Make It

Cook broccoli rabe in boiling water 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and plunge into ice water; drain well. Coarsely chop. Return water to boil. Add pasta; cook according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in broccoli rabe; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in pasta, reserved cooking liquid, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

Yum with a few additions

May 13, 2015
My 11 year old son wanted to cook something for dinner tonight with Italian sausage & pasta & broccoli. Yes, that's really what he wanted... This was an easy recipe for him to follow & prep. He used bow tie pasta & added 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion & 1/2 cup each chopped yellow & red bell pepper. He also added a little crushed red pepper to finish it. It was great!

RhondaFister's Review

December 30, 2013

veryslowcook's Review

March 03, 2013
This gets extra points for ease and having so few ingredients. We don't like Italian sausage, so I used chopped ham. Used the broccolini option. Overall, an enjoyable dish.

smerrittory's Review

December 01, 2011

mezzopiano's Review

March 30, 2011
I used hot italian turkey sausage and it was delicious! You definitely don't need to add salt if you use hot sausage though.

carolfitz's Review

December 20, 2009
We use this type of CL recipe for ingredient proportion, not so much for the specific directions. Even so, made to recipe with whole grain penne & topped with shaved peccorino romano. Served with spinach-mushroom salad & garlic ciabbatta sticks. Simple, easy & economical.

kate1224's Review

October 27, 2009
Great recipe-- very quick and delicious...added a little shredded parmesan cheese to each serving for extra flavor.