Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Rigatoni with Broccoli Rabe and Turkey Sausage

"I tried out this recipe on my in-laws and they loved it. Although it’s made with turkey sausage it’s not too heavy, and the heat of the sausage works well with the broccoli rabe. It’s a great dish to impress because it looks like it took a lot of time and hard work but it really doesn't. Shhh...don't tell the in-laws!" —Jennifer

What you’ll need:
1 box rigatoni
1 bushel of broccoli rabe
1 package of hot turkey sausage (or you can use sweet or a combo)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Boil the water for the pasta. Cook according to directions.
Clean the broccoli rabe.
Brown the turkey sausage in a frying pan or on the grill. 
Remove sausage from pan and let rest before cutting into pieces.
Place garlic in pan.
Rough chop the broccoli rabe and sauté with the garlic and olive oil. (I go three times around the pan with the EVOO for the sauté).
Cook until the leaves get a deep green and the stems are tender.

When the rigatoni is cooked, slice the turkey sausage and add to the rigatoni and broccoli rabe.  Mix together well, as the broccoli rabe has a tendency to stick together.
Add salt and parmigiano reggiano taste. Enjoy...and don't forget the Italian bread! 

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