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Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe


Pasta in a creamy parmesan sauce with juicy sausage and wilted broccoli rabe.

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  • 1 pound orecchiette or small shells pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, stems cut off
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan (4 ounces)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper


Level of difficulty Average
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and return it to the pot

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sausage (casings removed) and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until it’s no longer pink, 8-10 minutes.

Step 3

Stir in the garlic and cook 1 minute.

Step 4

Add the broth and red pepper and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli rabe and simmer, covered, until tender.

Step 5

Stir in the butter and Parmesan and cook, uncovered, until the sauce thickens slightly, 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 6

Add sausage mixture to pasta, add salt and pepper to taste, and stir to combine.


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