Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

This is a great super easy weeknight dinner, or a weekend lunch. This recipe traditionally has orecchiette, which I love, but I had some corkscrew pasta so I used that. I also didn’t use the traditional Italian sausage for this. I decided to substitute some sun dried tomato chicken sausage instead.

To boost the flavor of this dish a bit, I thinly sliced a bunch of cloves of garlic and fried them in oil over a relatively low temp until they started to turn golden. I used both the garlic and some of the oil on the pasta. I also added some grated parmesan to the sauce, as well as more for serving to make a richer sauce. Finally, I added some frozen spinach as well to increase the amount of vegetables in this meal.

This dish took about 15 minutes to make so it is perfect for a night when you have no time. Subbing precooked chicken sausage saves time and you can complete the ingredient prep while the pasta cooks. I served this with some leftover naan from last night’s nihari, fried in a pan to get the edges crispy. If you are looking for a filling and fast but still homemade dinner, try this one.

Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Pasta served with sausage, broccoli rabe, toasted garlic, red pepper flakes, and parmesan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe tough stems removed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 12 oz pasta
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 package precooked sausage
  • 8 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated parm for sauce and serving


  • Cook pasta according to instructions. While cooking prepare the ingredients.
  • Heat oil in a small frying pan and fry the garlic slices over medium low until the barely start to brown. This takes a few minutes. Don't use higher heat as they will burn and not taste good. Remove garlic from the oil but keep oil in the pan.
  • Cut sausage into pieces and brown it the garlic oil. Stir in the broccoli rabe and let cook for a minute. Add the chicken broth, garlic, red pepper flakes and allow to simmer until the broccoli rabe is bright green.
  • Add the drained pasta and add a little grated parm to the broth and gently mix.
  • Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Top with plenty of grated parm and serve.
Keyword Lunch, Main Dish, Pasta

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