Sundays With Ina




Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe & Sausage
Recipe type: Pasta
  • ½ pound sweet Italian pork sausages
  • ½ pound hot Italian pork sausages
  • ⅓ cup good Italian olive oil
  • 6 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 28 0z. can crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound dried orecchiette pasta
  • 2 bunches broccoli rabe (2 to 2/12 pounds total)
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prick the sausages with a fork and place them on a sheet pan. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until just cooked through. Slice ½ inch thick and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven, such as Le Creuset. Add the sausage slices and saute for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the pieces are browned. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Add the tomatoes and their juices, the red wine, tomato paste, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper and let the mixture simmer while you prepare the pasta and broccoli.
  3. Bring a very large pot half filled with water to a boil and add 1 Tablespoon of salt. Add the pasta and cook for 9 minutes exactly. While the pasta is cooking, trim the broccoli rabe to just below the leaves and discard the stems. Cut the leafy part of the broccoli rabe crosswise in 2 inch pieces. When the pasta has cooked for 9 minutes, add the broccoli rabe to the pasta and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes, until the pasta is al dente and the broccoli is crisp- tender. Drain in a large colander, reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid, and add the pasta and broccoli to the pot with the tomato and sausage mixture. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and 1 teaspoon salt. If the pasta seems dry, add some of the reserved cooking liquid. Taste for seasonings, and serve hot with extra Parmesan on the side. Serves 6
This dish was absolutely delicious and extremely easy to make. The broccoli gives the pasta a great flavor and the two different sausages provided a great combination of sweet and spicy. I actually made the sausages earlier in the day which made throwing this together very easy this evening. And, we had plenty leftover for the next few days.