Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Pasta


Flavorful, easy, and great for either a quick weeknight meal or serving guests, this broccoli rabe and sausage pasta recipe is sure to be one you add to your favorites collection.

Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Pasta in a White Bowl with a Silver Fork in the Food
Photo: Frances Janisch
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 serves


  • 1 pound orecchiette

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe

  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan (4 ounces)

  • Kosher salt and black pepper


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and return it to the pot.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until it’s no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes.

  3. Stir in the garlic and cook 1 minute.

  4. Add the broth and red pepper and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli rabe and simmer, covered, until tender, 3 to 4 minutes.

  5. Stir in the butter and Parmesan and cook, uncovered, until the sauce thickens slightly, 1 to 2 minutes.

  6. Toss the pasta with the sausage mixture and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

589 Calories
23g Fat
62g Carbs
35mg Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 589
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 929mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Protein 35g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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