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    Orecchiette With Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

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    Pumpkie's Note:

    This can be served hot or at room temperature. From Everyday Italian. I love orecchiette pasta and broccoli rabe and usually they are together in dishes but I love the additon of the sausage.

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    1. 1
      Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the broccoli rabe and cook until crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Strain the broccoli rabe, and reserve all the cooking liquid. Set the broccoli rabe aside.
    2. 2
      Cook the orecchiette in the same pot of boiling water until tender but still firm about 8 minutes, stir occasionally. Drain reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
    3. 3
      In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
    4. 4
      Add the sausage and cook breaking up with a spoon until the sausage is brown and juices form, about 8 minutes.
    5. 5
      Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broccoli rabe and toss to coat.
    6. 6
      Add the pasta and enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten.
    7. 7
      Stir in the parmesan cheese, salt to taste, and pepper into the pasta mixture. Serve immediately or at room temperature.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 25, 2009


      This is delicious! I like to add white wine to mine as well. I also occasionally use rotini, which works great! Thanks so much for posting this great recipe. I use it time and time again.

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    • on July 20, 2008


      This is insanely good. Heard almost weekly at our house: "Are you tired of that broccoli rabe dish?" "Are you kidding?!?" It's also versatile: use any pasta you like, including tortellini, saute sliced mushrooms along with the garlic, add white wine like Maureenie did, etc. Any excuse to keep making it!

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    • on February 24, 2008

      I make my rabe the same way and love how these flavors combine. I also often make this leaving the sausage out and adding 1/2 cup dry white wine after browning the garlic. Broccoli rabe is one of my favorite foods. I will buy it in season and freeze it after blanching, so I can enjoy it year round.

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    Nutritional Facts for Orecchiette With Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

    Serving Size: 1 (217 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 740.7
    Calories from Fat 325
    Total Fat 36.2 g
    Saturated Fat 9.0 g
    Cholesterol 116.7 mg
    Sodium 713.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 65.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
    Sugars 1.6 g
    Protein 36.1 g

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