Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total: 20 min
  • Serving: 8
A hearty main course that partners well with a crisp green salad and glass of red wine.


  • 2 pounds broccoli rabe (or chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 pound dry penne
  • 2 tablepsoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces sweet Italian turkey sausage, remove casing
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Pinch hot pepper flakes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Wash and drain the broccoli rabe or broccoli and set aside.
  2. Cook penne to al dente according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large, deep, heavy skillet with a fitted lid, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and garlic and cook, stirring, until sausage is browned.
  4. Add the broccoli rabe or broccoli, generous pinch of salt, and pepper flakes.
  5. Cover skillet and steam for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until broccoli is tender.
  6. Add chicken stock, and cook over high heat, uncovered, about 3 minutes until the liquids are slightly reduced.
  7. Add the drained pasta to the sauce and toss gently.
  8. Sprinkle on 1/4 cup of the cheese and toss again. Serve immediately sprinkled with the remaining cheese and season with black pepper to taste.


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