Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage

There’s a new ingredient on whatfoodimade: broccoli rabe. It’s also known as rapini, in case you want to shop for it yourself.

Even though one of its names is broccoli rabe, it is related to the turnip family rather than to the broccoli gang. And like the other members of the Brassicaceae clan, it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals.

I wish I had tried this vegetable sooner. It turns out I really like its slightly bitter flavour. It goes very well with Italian sausage and garlic and pasta too. Look for more recipes with broccoli rabe soon!

But first…

Get some Italian sausages. Mild ones.

Italian sausage.

Italian sausage.

Crumble them and cook the pieces in a fry pan.

Crumbled sausage.

Crumbled sausage.

Don’t forget to add the garlic.

Add the garlic.

Add the garlic.

While the sausages are cooking, get the broccoli rabe. This is half a bundle.

Broccoli rabe.

Broccoli rabe.

Chop the broccoli rabe and put it in a steamer basket.

Chopped broccoli.

Chopped broccoli.

Cook some pasta (this is fusilli), then drain it and put it back into the pot.

Fusilli pasta, draining.

Fusilli pasta, draining.

Add the cooked sausage.

Add the cooked sausage.

Add the cooked sausage.

Get the broccoli rabe in there too.

Add the broccoli rabe too.

Add the broccoli rabe too.

Toss all that together and top with some Parmesan.

Topped with parmesan cheese.

Topped with parmesan cheese.

Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage.

Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage.

Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage.

Here’s the recipe I used as a starting point:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/broccoli-rabe-with-sweet-italian-sausage-351164

Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1/2 pound pasta (fusilli is what I used, orecchiette would be good too)
1/2 of a bunch of broccoli rabe, chopped into 1- to 2-inch pieces
1 tsp. olive oil
5 mild Italian sausages
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated

Preparation

Remove sausage meat from casings and crumble into small pieces. Heat the olive oil in a frypan over medium heat, then add the crumbled sausage and garlic and cook until the sausage is browned (8 – 10 minutes).

Steam the chopped broccoli rabe until cooked (3 – 5 minutes).

Cook the pasta according to the package directions, then drain. Add the cooked sausage, garlic and steamed broccoli rabe to the pasta. Toss to combine, then serve with Parmesan cheese on top.

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