The Literate Chef

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

In Pasta on April 17, 2011 at 9:37 PM

This recipe will easily serve 8 people with leftovers.

Ingredients:

1.25 lbs. sweet Italian sausage (about 5 links)
1.25 lbs. hot Italian sausage (about 5 links)

2 bunches (approx. 2lbs.) broccoli rabe

Ingredients for Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

½ cup + 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
12 cloves of garlic, chopped coarsely
½ cup of dry white wine
2 lbs. of orecchiette pasta

Freshly ground black pepper

Freshly grated Locatelli Romano cheese

Steps:

1.    Bring a large (8 quart with a removable strainer) pot of water to boil for blanching the broccoli rabe, as well as for cooking the orecchiette.
2.    Remove sausage meat from its casings and discard the casings.
3.    Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy frying pan on medium heat.
4.    Add sausage meat to the hot oil, continuously breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon until it loses its pink color and is lightly browned-about 20 minutes. When sausage meat is cooked remove it to a bowl.

Lightly Browned Sausage Meat

5.    While the sausage is browning, rinse the broccoli rabe and discard the thick stems, cutting about 3 inches off the bottom. Then blanch the broccoli rabe in the boiling water for about 60 seconds.
6.    Remove the broccoli rabe, strain it and plunge it immediately into a bowl filled with ice and cold water to retain its dark green color. Reserve the blanching water for cooking the orecchiette, but remove about 4 cups to thin out the sauce later, if needed.
7.    When broccoli rabe is cool, chop it into pieces about 1 to1.25 inches in length.
8.    After removing the cooked sausage meat from the frying pan, add the ½ cup of olive oil to the pan, then add the chopped garlic and quickly sauté it on high heat. As the garlic begins to brown on the edges, add the hot pepper, then the broccoli rabe and sauté it for about 3 to 5 minutes so it does not lose it dark green color. Remove it from the pan and set it aside with the sausage meat.

Sauteed Broccoli Rabe

9.    Bring the blanching water to a boil once again, add the orecchiette and cook according to the directions on the package.

Completed Sauce

10.    In the meantime, turn the heat under the empty frying pan to high, add the ½ cup of dry white wine stirring up the solids on the bottom of the pan.
11.    Add back the cooked sausage and broccoli rabe to the pan mixing them together with the wine and solids; add some of the retained blanching water to thin out the sauce according to your preference. (I usually add about 2 cups.)

12.    When the orecchiette is al dente, drain it and mix it well with the sauce, adding more blanching water if necessary.
13.    Serve orecchiette, broccoli rabe and sausage in pasta bowls and sprinkle liberally with freshly ground black pepper and the grated cheese.

See Related Article at: Eat It! It’s Good for You

Mangia

 

 

  1. the best one yet!!!

  2. Holy Cow Mr. S! This looks great! Did you take these photos yourself? Wow!!!

  3. WOW! I recognize that backyard! Beautiful pic! I love this blog! SOOO cool Richard! I love the title- Its perfect. It makes me think of you reading the NY Times as a kid. I need to read the recipes closer…but how about HOW to pick sausage?

    • Thanks Deirdre, I hope that you continue to enjoy it and make some of those delicious recipes.

      HOW to pick a sausage….hmmm, first go to a good butcher, but if one is not convenient, then a good supermarket. Second, make sure you you buy both hot and sweet Italian sausages. And third, use them within a day or two of purchase, while they are still fresh. Buon appetito! Chef S.

  4. This meal is unbelievable. Lucky me to have such a fantastic cook in my household. Everyone raved about this dish and luckily for our guests, there was enough left over for them to take home and enjoy at will. Keep up the good work. Your website is truly exceptional!

  5. Deirdre – I live in the Italian-less zone outside of DC known as Northern Virginia, and I got the sausage for this from the butcher counter at Whole Foods. It was good.

  6. continui il buon lavoro. Remember you served this dish in Naples, (FL.)Great meal,great company.

  7. This is a fabulous recipe! My family devoured it. I will make this again and again! Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!!

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