Orecchiette,Sausage & Broccoli Rabe

 Serves 4-6
    1 lb bag or orecchiette cooked per instructions (12 minutes in lightly salted water)

4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

1 cup of plum tomatoes seeded and chopped into small cubes- drain excess liquid

4 Italian sweet sausages removed from casings and crumbled

½- ¾ teaspoon of red chili flakes

3 ½ tablespoons of fresh garlic thru a press

¼ cup of aged freshly grated Romano cheese

¼ cup aged freshly grated Parmesan cheese

6 cups washed broccoli Rabe- cut off stems, chop into 2 inch pieces

3 tablespoons of Kosher salt

1-2 tablespoons of flat leaf parsley chopped

fresh ground pepper and salt

 

Bring 4 -6 quarts of water with 3 tablespoons of salt to a boil

Blanch broccoli rabe 2-3 minutes(turns a dark green) and remove with a strainer spoon from boiling water. Retain water  for cooking pasta

Add orecchiette to water and set timer (reserve ¼ cup of pasta water before draining)

 Heat a large 12 inch sauté pan to medium

Add half of olive oil and garlic. Cook sausage 4-5 minutes while breaking apart meat

Lower heat to simmer

Drain orecchiette (reserve some liquid)

Add in rabe in with sausage and stir

Add in orecchiette, water, chili flakes, remaining garlic and stir for 2-3 minutes

Add cheese, olive oil, tomatoes and parsley. 

Salt and pepper to taste, drizzle remaining olive oil before serving

Toss , serve with extra cheese and chili flakes

Tip: Orchiette is a distinctly shaped pasta that resembles a small flying saucer and lends itself to holding sauce and bits of meat. Sometimes difficult to locate, so try Italian specialty markets. You may substitute another type of pasta such as penne.

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