Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

7
Total Time
35 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
20 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
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.

Ingredients

uncooked orecchiette pasta

8 oz

uncooked broccoli rabe

1¼ pound(s)

uncooked sweet Italian turkey sausage

12 oz

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s)

crushed red pepper flakes

½ tsp

grape tomatoes

1 cup(s)

white wine vinegar

2 Tbsp

table salt

½ tsp

grated Pecorino Romano cheese

6 Tbsp

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add pasta mixture to skillet and stir to combine. Divide pasta evenly among 6 bowls. Sprinkle evenly with Romano and serve.
  4. Per serving: generous 1 cup pasta mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese

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