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Chicken Sausage Penne
with broccoli rabe / garlic breadcrumbs

Active: 30 minTotal: 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

Servings:
4
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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)

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

This meal has 112 reviews

I really like it, but it felt like there was a flavor missing.

By: Jeremy
Posted: Apr 01, 2016
Diet: Original

Used rigatoni, broccoli florets, vegan butter & added a little extra virgin olive oil at the end (a little too dry prior to the add). Really loved this one, especially for not having a sauce.

By: KJ
Posted: Mar 19, 2016
Diet: Original

Surprisingly good for a paste with no sauce. Loved the breadcrumb mixture.

By: Meagan
Posted: Mar 15, 2016
Diet: Original

I used Italian sausage: so good! And non dairy butter- worked nicely I just had to watch it carefully! One of my favorites! Also I'd love to sub boxed penne for freshly made homemade pasta!

By: Nicole
Posted: Mar 08, 2016
Diet: Original

I made it without the breadcrumbs and it was yummy! My kids loved it, which is awesome.

By: Livia
Posted: Mar 08, 2016
Diet: Original

Family liked it. Used a chicken Apple sausage and a double portion of frozen broccoli instead of broccoli rabe. Added onion powder and garlic powder, omitted red pepper flakes and reduced oil to 2 tsp of ghee. Wish I had added some white wine or something to make it have more of a sauce. To salad dressing: added 1/2 tsp salt, 2 to 3 tbsp of water, and reduced olive oil to 2 tsp.

By: Nichole
Posted: Mar 05, 2016
Diet: Paleo