Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Rapini

Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Rapini

A while ago I was looking for recipes with rapini (otherwise known as broccoli rabe) and I came across this one for "Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Rapini" that sounded good. The recipe contains the rapini which I wanted to use, Italian sausage which I really like and orecchiette pasta which looked interesting. The recipe sat in my "to try" list for a while. The other day I came across some orecchiette at the grocery store and it reminded me of this recipe. It was pretty good and it was easy to make. The rapini was a bit bitter but it went well with the spiciness of the Italian sausage and the parmigiano reggiano.

Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Rapini

Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Rapini

  • 1/2 bunch rapini (trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 2 Italian sausage (casings removed, crumbled)
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 servings pasta (cooked) (gluten free for gluten free)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmigiano reggiano (grated)
  1. Boil the rapini in water for 1 minute, drain and set aside.
  2. Saute the sausage in a pan until cooked.
  3. Clear some space in the pan and add the oil, garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Add the wine and deglaze the bottom of the pan.,
  5. Add the rapini, pasta, salt and pepper and heat for a few minutes.


Anh said...

I love rapini. It must be a perfect partner with orecchiette.

Lydia Hamre said...

MMMMmm looks great! I've never heard of that pasta before, it looks delicious.

Vicki said...

Oh yum. Try rapini with cannelini beans and pancetta, topped with a little parmiggiano and lemon juice.

abby said...

this looks gooood! i really must try orechiette.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I love rapini!! YUM! And orecchiette, the little ears, are one of my favorite pasta shapes to eat, but not so easy to find! This looks great Kevin!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I can't believe I spent so much time without coming here!
Your food looks mouthwatering (as usual) and this pasta dish is the dinner I want for tonight!

Deborah said...

I still have never had orecchiette - I really need to look for it! This sounds fantastic.

katiez said...

Another vegetable I don't often see. But next time - I'll get it and try this...I love simple pastas!

tigerfish said...

Is Rapini same as broccolini? I actually like the hint of bitterness in some vegetables. And I agree, with the spicy italian sausage, it complements well.

Pam said...

Kevin, I just found some rapini at my local grocery store. I couldn't believe that they carried it! I found a recipe from Giada with pine nuts and pasta that I'm going to try first, and then I'm bookmarking yours to try next!

Brandy said...

Mmmmm....this sounds so good!! I'm definitely going to try it; what a great mix of flavors :) Unfortunately, it seems like I never have time to cook meals like this, which is why I'm loyal to Bertolli's Mediterranean Style Frozen Dinners...they are quick and easy to make but still combine those great flavors. You should check out http://www.whatsyourmedstyle.com/medstyle/demo.aspx?cat=b and you can even see Rocco DiSpirito preparing some amazing dishes! I work with Bertolli, so I can vouch for 'em ;)

Kevin said...

From what I could find broccolini is not the same as rapini. Based on the pictures that I saw of broccolini on the web I don't think I have ever seen it in real life. I will have to look for it to try.

Maryann@FindingLaDolceVita said...

A recipe from Puglia! Wonderful! Broccoli rabe is an aquired taste for some..I absolutely LOVE it :)

Ruth Daniels said...

Great dish and nice to see you back at Presto Pasta Nights.

Anonymous said...

We are crazy about the dish found
Pastini restaurant
Little pasta “ears” combined with crumbled Italian sausage, arugula and broccolini sautéed with garlic and olive oil, sprinkled with parmesan

Now making that dish at home and wishing my husband can learn how to cook since he can eat everyday
Mmm, so good!
Thank you KT

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