Rapini and Sausage Orcchiette

    35 min

    Rapini, also known as broccoli rabe, is combined with orecchiette pasta, spicy Italian sausage and good olive oil in this rustic dish.

    12 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 450g orecchiette pasta
    • 2 bunches rapini, trimmed and chopped
    • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 650g spicy Italian sausage
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
    • 1 pinch ground black pepper
    • 75g sliced black olives

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Fill a large pan with lightly salted water and bring to the boil over high heat. Stir in the orcchiette and return to the boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still al dente, about 12 minutes. Drain well.
    2. At the same time, bring another large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Stir in the rapini, and cook uncovered until tender, about 6 minutes. Drain, and return to the pan along with the orcchiette pasta.
    3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the sausage, and cook until firm turning frequently, about 5 minutes. Cut the sausage into 1-2cm pieces, and sprinkle with the minced garlic, salt, onion salt, garlic granules and black pepper. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink in the centre, and beginning to brown on the cut sides, about 5 minutes more. Once done, stir the sausage mixture into the pasta along with the sliced black olives to serve.

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    This is a great recipe. Very close to one I got when stationed in Italy. The main differences are the sausage wasn't used and after blanching the broccoli was sauted with the spices. The Italian lady who taught me to make it used the same pot and water for boiling the pasta and blanching the broccoli. Just blanch the broccoli first, scoop it out and cook the pasta. She said it didn't add anything to the pasta but saved water and using two pots. It has been the most requested recipe by my children when they leave home.  -  30 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Used Curelom's recommendation to cook the broccoli rabe in the same pot as the pasta...less dishes is always good! Next time, I will cook the broccoli rabe for half the time shown because it all fell apart when mixed together. Regardless - it was delicious and easy! (skipped the olives because we don't like them)  -  22 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is delicious! I made it vegetarian by using veggie sausage, and used collards because that was all we had. Everyone at the table had multiple helpings, my five year-old included! I will definitely make this again.  -  10 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)