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A creamy secret ingredient is the key to this tasty dish.


Recipe Summary

40 mins
25 mins

Here’s a pro-tip for a truly decadent pasta: stir in some cream cheese. Yes, cream cheese! Its meltable texture makes for the creamiest pasta sauce in this tasty comfort-food dish. You’ll combine orecchiette pasta shells—the name means “little ears” in Italian, after the cute cupped shapes—with crispy nuggets of sausage and pleasantly bitter broccoli rabe, then stir in marinara sauce, the cream cheese, and finally a shower of Parmesan to create a bubbling, cheesy crust. It’s a crowd-pleasing recipe that gets dinner on the table fast, while tasting delicious, too.


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook pasta in generously salted water according to package directions in a large pot, adding broccoli during final 2 minutes cook time. Drain; return pasta and broccoli to pot. Cook sausage in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high, stirring often and breaking up sausage with a wooden spoon, until cooked through and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Add sausage, marinara sauce, cream cheese, and salt to pasta mixture in pot; stir to combine. Return mixture to skillet; sprinkle with cheese. Bake until golden and bubbly, 15 to 18 minutes.