Hey everyone! Last night I used but another recipe from Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentiis for pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe. I’m really getting a lot of use out of this cookbook! I couldn’t find Orecchiette pasta at the store so I used shell shaped pasta. The dish is a nice merging of flavors, spicy & bitter. The recipe is super simple, the only problem I ran into was preparing the broccoli rabe since I had never used it before. Does anyone know of any how-to videos on trimming broccoli rabe? You can lighten this dish up by using Turkey Sausage. If doing so, increase saute time form 8 minutes to 12 minutes.
How to make Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
- 2 Bunches of broccoli rabe, stalks trimmed and quarted crosswise
- 12 ounces dried orecchiette pasta or other small shaped pasta such as farfalle or penne
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound spicy pork sausage, casings removed
- 3 garlic gloves, minced
- pinch of dried red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (I used this plus more for garnish)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli rabe and cook until crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Strain the broccoli rabe, reserving all the cooking liquid. Set the broccoli rabe aside. Cook the orecchiette in the same pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occassionally, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over a medium flame. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until the sausage is brown and juices form, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broccoli rabe and toss to coat. Add the pasta and enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten. Stir the Parmesan cheese, salt to taste, and the pepper into the pasta mixture.
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