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

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Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Italian Sausage

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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 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. sweet Italian sausage (casings removed)
  • 3 Tbsp. water (for broccoli rabe, plus more as needed)
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb. orecchiette pasta
  • salt (to taste, for seasoning)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese (for serving)
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    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.


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    Jake Baker 3 months ago
    Super easy to make. Tossed in some spinach since broccoli Rabe wasn't available.
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    Lisa Fortunato 7 months ago
    This dish came out incredible! so yummy and a taste of where my family comes from.
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    jamie rowe 7 months ago
    An absolute favorite!
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    Animals a year ago
    Didn’t turn out exactly the same as the recipe because I didn’t have access to all the right ingredients but it still tasted amazing! The recipe was really nicely detailed and easy to follow.
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    Janice Longoria a year ago
    Easy to follow directions and a delicious, simple dish.
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    Nikki Tait a year ago
    i couldn’t find broccoli rabe but i used baby broccolini instead and it still turned out amazing! love the video steps
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    Dita Vonn 2 years ago
    Turned out great! I’d make it over and over!
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    Hsu 2 years ago
    My family loves this. Thanks!
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    Jennifer Valentine 2 years ago
    Love it! Definitely make this again!
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    Michael Q. 2 years ago
    not bad wasn't "WOW" but definitely easy to make kids approved well a 2 of them at least did
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    Definitely wpuld make this again. A good pasta dish that isnt as heavy
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    Randi 2 years ago
    We LOVED it! Easy & delicious :)
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    Nenstiel 2 years ago
    Yummy. Everyone loved it
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    Charlotte Santella 2 years ago
    Excellent may try with half hot Italian Sausage next time! Used chicken stock instead of water and added a little fresh broccoli!
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    Lloyd Hilsgen 2 years ago
    Couldnt find Broccoli Rabe at the grocery store and substituted Swiss Chard as suggested. It was delicious.
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    Justin Wieland 2 years ago
    Yummmm — no modifications and it turned out great
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    Lisa Graf 2 years 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.
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    Daniel Simes 2 years 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.
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    Leslie 2 years ago
    Turned out great. Even my kids enjoyed it! Thanks.
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    Jared Caraway 2 years 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.