Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Italian Sausage Recipe by Chef Daniel Holzman | Yummly
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Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Italian Sausage

Dita Vonn: "Turned out great! I’d make it over and over!" Read More
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Peppery broccoli rabe and spicy red pepper flakes kick up the flavor of this classic dish from Puglia. Learn to sweat garlic, emulsify your sauce, and why your choice of cheese matters.


  • water (for boiling pasta)
  • salt (for pasta water, 1/4 cup per gallon of water)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 bunches broccoli rabe
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage (casings removed)
  • 3 tablespoons water (for broccoli rabe, plus more as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound orecchiette pasta
  • salt (to taste, for seasoning)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese (for serving)
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium45% DV1070mg
    Fat34% DV22g
    Protein69% DV35g
    Carbs30% DV91g
    Fiber24% DV6g
    Calories700Calories from Fat200
    Total Fat22g34%
    Saturated Fat5g25%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat200
    Total Carbohydrate91g30%
    Dietary Fiber6g24%
    Vitamin A45%
    Vitamin C25%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    Dita Vonn 6 months ago
    Turned out great! I’d make it over and over!
    Hsu 6 months ago
    My family loves this. Thanks!
    Jennifer Valentine 6 months ago
    Love it! Definitely make this again!
    Michael Q. 7 months ago
    not bad wasn't "WOW" but definitely easy to make kids approved well a 2 of them at least did
    Definitely wpuld make this again. A good pasta dish that isnt as heavy
    Randi 8 months ago
    We LOVED it! Easy & delicious :)
    Nenstiel 8 months ago
    Yummy. Everyone loved it
    Charlotte Santella 9 months ago
    Excellent may try with half hot Italian Sausage next time! Used chicken stock instead of water and added a little fresh broccoli!
    Lloyd Hilsgen 9 months ago
    Couldnt find Broccoli Rabe at the grocery store and substituted Swiss Chard as suggested. It was delicious.
    Justin Wieland 10 months ago
    Yummmm — no modifications and it turned out great
    Lisa Graf a year ago
    The bitterness of the rabe was overpowering for my family. The video was a little hard to follow so I recommend getting a sense of the recipe before getting started to be able to follow along.
    Daniel Simes a year ago
    Excellent! The spiciness of the mustard greens I used (couldn’t find rabe) paired perfectly with the slight sweetness of the Italian sausage and saltiness of the pecorino Romano. Also very easy to make.
    Leslie a year ago
    Turned out great. Even my kids enjoyed it! Thanks.
    Jared Caraway a year ago
    So good. The recipe doesn't track exactly with the video, but mine turned out great. Make sure you use a pretty large skillet to account for all the meat, pasta, and broccoli. Will definitely make this again.
    P Gingles 2 years ago
    it was okay, I made it with broccolini however, we try the broccoli raab next time