Pasta with Broccoli Rabe, Sausage & White Beans Recipe

March 01, 2014 1

Pasta with Broccoli Rabe, Sausage & White Beans Recipe


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 2 cups


  • 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.

Comments (1)

  1. 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.

    - Anne-Marie

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