Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is from "Lidia's Italian Table: Italian American Favorites" by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, author and host of the PBS television series of the same name. The shape of the pasta (orecchiette means "little ears" ) soaks up the flavorful sauce. This is a one-dish meal, very hearty and very satisfying. Serve with lots of crusty bread to soak up the sauce.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring the chicken stock to a boil.
  2. Cook the orecchiette in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the garlic and cook over moderately high heat until golden. Add the broccoli rabe, crushed red pepper and salt; cover and steam for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the hot chicken stock, sausage and butter and cook over high heat until the sauce reduces slightly, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the orecchiette to the skillet and toss gently. Sprinkle half the Parmigiano on top and toss again. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the remaining cheese.
Most Helpful

5 5

Despite my raised eyebrow regarding the directions, I cooked this anyway because I have wanted to try one of Lydia's recipes and I had the ingredients. It did not disappoint for me and my picky husband and 3-year-old; it had a wonderful flavor. Next time I will make just a few modifications based on my family's preference. I will add a can of cannellini beans pureeing half the can to make the sauce just a bit thicker and creamier while adding protein without the fat of dairy. This was quick and easy enough for a week night meal. I'm definitely adding this to my repertoire.

5 5

Perfecto.... <br/>Had broccoli rabe and just bought a big chunk of parmisano reggiano and sweet sausage from my Italian market. <br/>Didn't have this in mind but... Glad I made it.<br/>I always start rabe with EVOO, garlic and red pepper flake so I had a good feeling before I started. <br/>I'll make this as my pasta course next time company is over.<br/>Thank you for sharing.

Phenominal recipe just as it is!!