Friday, February 15, 2013
I've been procrastinating posting this recipe because I can't seem to find the time/energy to sit down and write something spectacular about it. Well, here it is anyway- with few words, but no lack of flavor or goodness. I loved this pasta dish. Quickly boiling (in the same pot of water that cooked the pasta) and then sautéing the broccoli rabe removed any traces of bitterness. The sausage was sweet and meaty. And the garlicky olive oil and a handful of parmesan added the finishing touch.
Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
1 lb. broccoli rabe, stems trimmed (I used frozen chopped broccoli rabe found at Whole Foods)
1 lb. orecchiette pasta (I used whole wheat)
1 lb. pork or turkey Italian sausage (mild or hot)
3 Tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
pinch crushed red pepper flakes
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan + extra for serving
1. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned and no longer pink.
2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Remove pasta from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and place in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and toss (to prevent it from clumping). Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and set aside. Return the water to a boil and add the broccoli rabe. Boil for 1-2 minutes before removing from the heat and draining the water.
3. Add the broccoli rabe, garlic, and crushed red pepper to the sausage and cook for several more minutes. Stir in the pasta and Parmesan. Add as much of the reserved pasta water as needed to create a light sauce (I used about 1/2 cup). Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remove from the heat and serve with extra Parmesan.
(Adapted from Food Network)