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Chicken Sausage Penne
with broccoli rabe / garlic breadcrumbs

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
Bitter notes of broccoli rabe are balanced by savory chicken sausage in this quick pasta. For a satisfying crunch, the entire dish is topped with homemade garlic butter breadcrumbs.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Chicken Sausage Penne:
  • Broccoli rabe (also called rapini; sub broccoli florets) - 12 oz, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Sausage, chicken (preferably pre-cooked; sub any variety sausage) - 1 lb, casings removed (if applicable) and sliced
  • Pasta, penne - 10 oz
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/2 cup
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
  • Lemons - 1/2, zest of

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Prep

  1. Broccoli rabe / Garlic / Sausage - Prep as directed. Store in separate containers. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt generously and add pasta. Cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. Drain.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add butter. When butter melts, add garlic and breadcrumbs and saute until breadcrumbs are golden and fragrant, ~2 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and transfer to a bowl.
  3. Return pan to heat and add oil. When oil begins to shimmer, add sausage and saute until golden brown, ~3 minutes for pre-cooked sausage (a few minutes longer for uncooked sausage). Transfer to a plate and return pan to heat. Add broccoli rabe and saute until bright green and tender, ~2 minutes (a few minutes longer for broccoli florets).
  4. Add sausage back to pan along with cooked pasta. Stir to heat everything through, ~1 minute.
  5. Top pasta with black pepper (preferably fresh-cracked), red pepper flakes, lemon zest and finish with breadcrumbs. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (236)
Gluten-free (12)
Paleo (16)
Vegetarian (15)

Most Helpful

I thought this dish was pretty good. After reading everyone's comments about the dryness, I added a tablespoon of butter to the pasta, and then added some white wine and parmesan. It worked out pretty well.

By: Emily
Posted: Aug 09, 2016
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

122 reviews

Not our favorite meal! But that’s okay because so many others have been the best!

By: Emma
Posted: Dec 10, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used regular broccoli and Italian sausage.

By: Katie
Posted: Dec 06, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Quick easy and tasty. But dry. Could use a sauce or olive oil.

By: Robin
Posted: Dec 05, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

3 out of 4 of us loved this quick and easy meal. The one who didn't is our picky eater, and he wasn't a fan of the bread crumbs. I would make it again without the crumbs and add a nice olive oil sauce to it.

By: Jackie
Posted: Dec 02, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This recipe would be a lot better with a white wine sauce. It sounded so straight forward and looked so delicious in the picture that I didn't think to read the reviews. Very dry + breadcrumbs that make it drier. Two stars because it's a quick meal if you're in a pinch to use what you have on hand. But be sure to add sauce, butter, or stock!

By: Jocelyn
Posted: Dec 01, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Went into this with low expectations, but it was really quite good! We added butter and parm to the pasta which really helped. We used beyond meat sausages which were tasty. It was a nice easy meal that worked well with a busy Monday evening schedule.

By: Caitlin
Posted: Nov 30, 2021
Diet: Original
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