Pasta with Sausage and Broccolini or Broccoli Rabe is a classic Italian dish, and it’s popular for a reason. It’s flavorful, quick, and comes together with simple ingredients. Plus, it’s a great way to use up seasonal greens. This dish is made with Orecchiette, a dried pasta named after its shape, which resembles a little ear. It’s a bite-sized pasta and here, it cradles caramelized bits of sausage, bright broccolini, and creamy parmesan. I add lemon zest and juice for a bright and fresh counterpoint but if lemon isn't your thing just leave it out.
This dish comes together with a few simple steps, which makes it weeknight-friendly. To make, you’ll cook ground Italian sausage in a dutch oven or skillet until browned, then saute onions and garlic in the same pan for added flavor. While the sausage and aromatics cook, you’ll boil water in another pot to quickly cook the broccolini, and then you’ll cook your pasta in the same water. Once everything is ready, toss it all together with lemon zest and juice, as well as grated parm and pasta water for creaminess. Be sure to check out my notes on riffs, swaps, and subs under the recipe details – perhaps it’ll save you a trip to the store or provide some inspiration on ways to make it your own.
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