Now, you have to understand that I went into the grocery store with my list which detailed the ingredients for a nice Baked Ziti but that was all gone once I saw the broccoli rabe. The menu immediately changed and I was so happy! I was SO happy that it threw my whole psyche off and it took us FOREVER to get through the store because I just could not concentrate…thank goodness Nick understands (as best he can) my quirkiness.
We ended up fixing Broccoli Rabe with Sausage and Rigatoni…YUUUMMMYYY!!! It was wonderful. I actually blanched the broccoli rabe before I sautéed it and I probably would not do that again. I was referencing a recipe I found online but I don’t think it needs to be blanched. And the sausage left a little to be desired, it’s hard to get good italian sausage in the mountains of
Here’s the recipe I came up with (including the blanching). You can add the sausage or leave it out; I think it would be great without it. I probably won’t blanche the broccoli rabe next time; I will just sauté it a little longer to make sure it’s not too bitter.
Broccoli Rabe w/ Sausage and Rigatoni
1-Bunch Broccoli Rabe (about a pound), cleaned
3-Cloves of Garlic, sliced
1-Pound Sweet Italian Sausage (can use links but remove from casing before cooking)
1-Pound Rigatoni, cooked al dente
2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
½ Cup of Chicken Stock
½ Cup of Pasta Water
Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
Remove the long stems from the broccoli rabe and blanch in salted water for about 2 minutes. Remove from hot water and place in ice water until cool. Remove from ice water and place on kitchen towel and pat dry. Set aside
If using link sausage, remove from casing and crumble into large frying pan. Cook until done then remove from pan onto a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb some of the grease. Set aside.
Add olive oil to frying pan. When oil is hot add garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté garlic until lightly brown then add the broccoli rabe to pan. Sauté for 2-3 minutes then add the chicken stock. Sauté for 2-3 more minutes then add the sausage, broccoli rabe and pasta water.
Serve with grated Romano cheese and nice crusty bread.
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