i recently re-discovered my love of broccoli rabe, or as my husband calls it,
‘the fancy broccoli i made up a name for.’

in search of recipes that incorporate aforementioned vegetable du jour, i stumbled across this gem and quickly fell in love with its ability to meet my three criteria for week night dinners… supa healthy, supa flavorful and supa fast!

Rigatoni with Sweet Sausage & Broccoli Rabe
what you’ll need:
3C rigatoni
8-oz. sweet italian sausage (casing removed)
2 bunches broccoli rabe (ends trimmed of the dry part)
1C reduced sodium chicken stock
1/2C parmigiano reggiano
salt & pepper (to taste)

what you’ll do
1. cook rigatoni (duh!); set aside

2. cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat,
breaking up sausage as it cooks, about 3 minutes.
3. add broccoli rabe cook, stirring frequently, about 3 to 5 minutes {note: i actually steamed the broccoli rabe about 8 minutes before adding it to the sausage}

4. add broth to skillet and scrape up browned bits on bottom of skillet with a wooden spoon; season with salt and pepper.
5. cover skillet and reduce heat to low; cook until rabe is tender, about 5 to 10 minutes.
6. stir in rigatoni; add parmigiano; heat through… and faster than you can say ‘i heart rabe.’ dinner.is.done.

the stock made a delightfully light sauce and scraping up the brown bits added a ton of flavor. adding this to our repertoire? check.

i hope you enjoy!

pics: moi
recipe: adapted from weightwatchers.com


3 thoughts on “yum-ease!

  1. This seems like such an easy recipe. I have everything at home right now. I might toss in some tomatoes and mushrooms though because for some reason I feel they should be included in everything.

  2. what brand of sausage did you use? it always seems to spicy for me; do they really make sweet italian, or am i just a wussy?

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