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Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This delicious and hearty pasta comes with the easiest, light sauce. See my tips in the post for migraine-friendly ingredients.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 505 kcal
Author: The Dizzy Cook
  • 8-10 oz orecchiette pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 lb chicken sausage
  • 3 large cloves minced garlic
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe or rapini
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes *Use less if you don't like spicy
  • 2 oz goat cheese (optional)
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  1. Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions, drain, but keep about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Rough chop washed broccoli rabe into bite size pieces.

  2. In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium. Add sausage and stir till cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside. In the same pan, add another tablespoon of olive oil and garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. Then add chopped broccoli rabe and season with a pinch of kosher salt. Cook for about 2 minutes till wilted down.

  3. Add 1 cup of broth and bring to a simmer for about 2 minutes then add your pasta. Adding the pasta should help thicken the sauce a bit to coat the little bowls. If you like more sauce, a tablespoon or two of the pasta water until it meets your expectations. Taste and adjust any seasonings. Top with goat cheese (or mix in while warm) if desired.

Recipe Notes
  • For gluten free, just substitute your favorite GF pasta. The sauce may not thicken quite the same. If this happens, you can stir in a teaspoon of arrowroot powder to help it out.
  • If you can't find broccoli rabe or rapini, feel free to use what you have on hand - kale, spinach, mustard greens, etc. My favorite would be kale or spinach.
  • To make this dairy free, you can easily leave out the goat cheese.
  • For sausage recommendations, see the post.
  • For broth, I like to use Trader Joe's Hearty Vegetable (which does have onion but no MSG) or make my own migraine-friendly broth. You can find chicken broth here or vegetable broth in my new cookbook.
Nutrition Facts
Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 505 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 965mg42%
Potassium 297mg8%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1965IU39%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.