Penne with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Penne with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

  • Prep:
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total: 15 min
  • Serving: Makes 4 servings

Broccoli rabe is a highly nutritious, dark green vegetable with a bitter, spicy taste that is popular in Italian and Chinese cuisine.


  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 pound broccoli rabe, rinsed and ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage, sliced
  • Salt
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook the pasta until al dente, according to package directions; drain and reserve in same pot.
  2. Meanwhile, blanch broccoli rabe in a pot of boiling, salted water until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain (saving 1 cup of the cooking liquid) and set aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and sauté garlic and sausage until sausage is cooked through. Pour the saved water from the broccoli rabe into the skillet with the sausage.
  4. Add the sausage mixture into the pot with the pasta and add the broccoli rabe. Season to taste with salt. Cook, stirring gently, until heated through.
  5. Spoon pasta into bowls and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.


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