Pasta with Broccoli Rabe, Sausage & White Beans Recipe

Pasta with Broccoli Rabe, Sausage & White Beans Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

2 cups

Pasta with Broccoli Rabe, Sausage & White Beans Recipe


12 ounces broccoli rabe, tough ends trimmed and cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces

8 ounces mezzi rigatoni pasta

3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

8 ounces hot or sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

1 1/2 Tablespoons minced garlic

1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano Reggiano

Crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add broccoli rabe and cook just until crisp-tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Lift out of pot with a large slotted spoon or strainer. Set aside.
  2. Add pasta to same pot of water and cook as package directs. Reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water before draining.
  3. Meanwhile heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, breaking up chunks with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in garlic and broccoli rabe and sauté 1 minute. Gently stir in beans and heat through.
  5. Add drained pasta, reserved cooking water, remaining 2 Tablespoons oil and Parmesan cheese; toss. Add salt to taste if desired and serve with additional Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper flakes.
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Anne-Marie March 8, 2014 at 11:54 pm

Looks delicious! The beans are a great way to get protein into the meal – I would automatically have added chicken, but the beans are a nice change.


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