This delicious Italian orecchiette pasta dish is packed with flavor and quick to make — and the whole family gobbles it up, broccoli and all.
1 pound of sweet Italian sausage – 1 bunch of broccoli rabe
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil – 3 large garlic cloves, sliced thin – Salt & pepper to taste
1 pound orecchiette pasta – Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for serving
Remove the sausage from the casing and crumble into small pieces. Wash the broccoli rabe under cold water and pat dry. Cut off and discard about one inch off the bottom of stems. Cut the remaining broccoli rabe into 2-inch pieces.
At the same time add the garlic to the saute pan and cook until lightly browned about 2 minutes. Remove the broccoli rabe from the pot using a mesh strainer or tongs, shake excess water out and add to the pan with the garlic. Season with Salt and pepper. Cook stirring until broccoli rabe is tender, 5 minutes.
Place the pan with the broccoli rabe and sausage back over medium-high heat, and add the orecchiette. Toss together until well combined. Dish out the pasta to warm plates and serve with cheese on the side for sprinkling.