Orechiette with Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 511.8
  • Total Fat: 19.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 18.5 mg
  • Sodium: 380.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 61.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 9.1 g
  • Protein: 24.3 g

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Recipe from Giada De Laurentiis Recipe from Giada De Laurentiis
Number of Servings: 4


    - 2 bunches of broccoli rabe, stalks trimmed and quartered crosswise. (broccolini works just as great if not better!)
    - 12 oz. orecchiette pasta or other such as penne
    - 3 tbsp olive oil
    - 1 lb spicy/sweet pork sausage, casings removed
    -3 garlic cloves, minced
    - pinch of dried crushed red pepper flakes
    - 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
    - 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


- Boil large pot of salted water. Add broccoli rabe and cook for 1 minute. Strain broccoli rabe, reserving all the cooking liquid. Set aside.
- Cook pasta in same pot of boiling water until tender but still firm. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
- Meanwhile, in large heavy skillet, heat the oil over a medium flame. Add sausage and cook, breaking up with spoon until the sausage is brown and juices form, about 8 min. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and saute for 30 sec. Add broccoli rabe and toss to coat.
- Add pasta and enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time to moisten. Stir parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in to taste.
- Serve! Yum!

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user JACKY261.

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  • This was delicious! The broccoli rabe is a little bitter for my kids taste, so I used broccolini the next time. They loved it. - 6/11/13

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  • This is something I might try next time younger son is home for a few days.
    I'll probably manage the sausage ok, given that it's cooked into this recipe, and he and I will both enjoy it made with broccoli.
    - 3/23/11

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  • i would substitute turkey or chicken sausage and whole wheat pasta... that would be delicious and more healthful! - 1/3/10

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  • I don't think the nutritional information is correct - Spark info lists Italian sausage at 390 calories per quarter pound, which would make this recipe 690 calories/serving for just the pasta and sausage. Ingredients for nutrional calculations include 1 serving (not pound) of sausage. - 6/15/08

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  • This recipe is also goo with turkey sausage! - 4/17/07

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