Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

orchiette brocc rabe sausage
I modified this recipe by including greens from my CSA box in addition to the broccoli rabe: 4 baby bok choy, red kale, and beet greens.  I also increased the amount of garlic, vinegar, and chicken sausage.  This recipe is from Everyday Food. It is a healthier version of this traditional dish because it has more greens, chicken sausage, and less pasta. It is a great quick meal.
  • Prep Time 20 minutes
  • Total Time 35 minutes
  • Yield Serves 4
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 bunches (2 pounds total) broccoli rabe, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces orecchiette or other short pasta
  • 2-5 precooked Italian chicken or turkey sausages (6 ounces total), cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2-3 tablespoons red or white-wine vinegar
  • 1-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add broccoli rabe, and cook until bright green, about 1 minute. Using a wire skimmer or small sieve, transfer to a colander set over a bowl to catch drips (a few bits may remain in cooking water); set aside. Return water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain and return to pot.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Add sausage; cook, without turning, until browned, about 4 minutes. Add broccoli rabe, vinegar, and garlic. Cook until broccoli rabe is tender, scraping up browned bits in skillet, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add pasta and oil to broccoli rabe mixture. Season with salt and pepper; toss to combine. Serve.

Broccoli rabe is a slightly bitter-tasting cousin to cabbage and is a good match for Italian recipes, especially pasta. Quickly boiling it tones down its bite without losing many nutrients.

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About Josette@thebrookcook

I live in Stony Brook, New York on Long Island. I love garlic and baking. My hobby (and love) is to try new recipes. My favorite recipe resources include The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and Martha Stewart Living. Enjoy!

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