I gave it a shot since I love spicy sausage (lets get past that sentence...).
Aaron liked it, I learned that I don't like broccoli rabe. There isn't too many foods I dislike. Bananas *vomit*, ham, pork chops. Not a huge fan of mango flavoring. Other than that, bring it on. Well we can now add broccoli rabe to that list. It's got a bitter taste I didn't expect which I'm told is the very thing fans of the dish enjoy! Learn something new everyday, right?
Without further ado, super easy recipe.
2 bunches of broccoli rabe (I used maybe 1 1/2. 2 seemed like a LOT) stalks trimmed and quartered.
1 lb pasta of your choice
1 lb or so of spicy sausage, casings removed (grossest process ever, but so yummy)
3 minced garlic cloves
Fresh grated parm (I use a parm/romano combo)
Pinch of dried crushed red pepper flakes
S & P
Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Add broccoli rabe and cook for 2 minutes or so.
Strain the rabe and keep the water on the stove.
|This picture could not be less necessary. But it looked so lush and action filled...|
Add pasta to that water and cook it up. Drain it and reserve about 1 C of the liquid for later.
In a medium skillet heat the oil over flame. Add sausage and break it up with fork as it cooks. Cook about 8 minutes.
Add garlic and red pepper flakes to the sausage and let simmer for about 30 seconds. Toss in the strained rabe and mix it up. I added some extra olive oil at this time to keep it a nice texture.
Then I curled up with Kindle and finished book 1 of the Hunger Games.
Lesson learned. I'd really rather just eat pasta in a bowl with sausage in it. If you like broccoli rabe, give this a whirl because you may love it! It also only took about 20 minutes. In your face, Racheal Ray...
XO Autumn Van Weir