Orecchiette Pugliese with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

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The classic Italian combination of sausage and broccoli rabe makes this quick main dish hearty and flavorful.


Step 1

Bring salted water to boil in 2 steam-jacketed kettles or large stockpots on stove top. Add pasta to one pot; cook 2 min. less than directed on package. Drain; reserving 1-1/2 cups cooking water.

Step 2

Add baking soda to remaining pot; cook broccoli rabe 7-9 min. or until tender-crisp. Shock broccoli rabe in ice water; drain well. Chop coarsely into bite-size pieces.

Step 3

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in large rondeau on medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook 7-10 min. or until cooked through, breaking up the meat into smaller crumbles. Add garlic and red pepper flakes; cook 2-3 min. or until garlic starts to soften.

Step 4

Stir in pasta and broccoli rabe; toss to coat adding pasta water as needed.

Step 5

Garnish with cheese and remaining olive oil before serving.


  • 3 lbs Barilla Orecchiette
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 3 bunches broccoli rabe, trimmed
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 lbs bulk sweet Italian sausage
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 6 ounces grated Pecorino Romano cheese
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container serving

Amount Per Serving
Calories 338
Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 23mg
Sodium 438mg
Total Carbohydrate 32g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 2g
Protein 14g

Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 11%
Iron 14%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.