It Takes Less Than 30 Minutes to Make This Sausage and Brocc

4 servings


25 minutes

total time


Kosher salt

1 pound dried orecchiette

1 pound Italian sausage (sweet or spicy), removed from casing

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound broccoli rabe, tough ends trimmed, chopped into 1-inch pieces

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Shaved Parmesan for garnish

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, plus more as needed


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add orecchiette and boil until al dente according to package instructions, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain orecchiette, reserving about half a cup of pasta cooking water, and transfer to a bowl with sausage.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium. Add sausage and cook until browned, breaking sausage up with a wooden spoon so it browns evenly, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove sausage from skillet and transfer to a large bowl; leave drippings in skillet.

Add olive oil to skillet, keeping heat at medium. Add broccoli rabe to pan and cook until wilted and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Season broccoli rabe with salt and add garlic. Cook garlic, stirring frequently, until fragrant but not browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer broccoli rabe and garlic to the bowl with the pasta and sausage and toss to combine with reserved pasta water. Divide the pasta among 4 bowls, top it with shaved Parmesan and crushed red pepper flakes, and serve.


Serving Size



3176 kcal

Total Fat

199 g

Saturated Fat

68 g

Unsaturated Fat

0 g

Trans Fat



345 mg


6904 mg

Total Carbohydrate

191 g

Dietary Fiber

21 g

Total Sugars

13 g


157 g

4 servings


25 minutes

total time
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