Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
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Broccoli rabe, also called rapini, looks like leafy broccoli. It is sturdier than regular broccoli and has a slightly bitter flavor. To prepare it, trim away the large tough stems, leaving the slender stems, leaves and florets.
uncooked orecchiette pasta8 oz
uncooked broccoli rabe1 ¼ pound(s)
uncooked sweet Italian turkey sausage12 oz
garlic clove(s)2 medium clove(s)
crushed red pepper flakes½ tsp
grape tomatoes1 cup(s)
white wine vinegar2 Tbsp
table salt½ tsp
grated Pecorino Romano cheese6 Tbsp
- Bring large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook 4 minutes. Add broccoli rabe and cook until pasta and greens are just tender, about 5 minutes longer. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of cooking water.
- Meanwhile, cook sausage in large nonstick skillet over medium heat, breaking it up with wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and pepper flakes and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, reserved cooking water, vinegar, and salt and cook, stirring to scrape up browned bits from bottom of pan, just until tomatoes are heated through, about 1 minute.
- Add pasta mixture to skillet and stir to combine. Divide pasta evenly among 6 bowls. Sprinkle evenly with Romano and serve.
- Per serving: generous 1 cup pasta mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese