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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

It was good, not great. I added some chicken stock to get more of a sauce out of it, and used italian chicken sausage.

By: Angela
Posted: Mar 04, 2016
Diet: Original

Use less garlic and it'll turn out better

By: Jason
Posted: Mar 01, 2016
Diet: Original

added some extra olive oil and lemon juice for a light "sauce." Forwent the breadcrumbs and added Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

By: Melissa
Posted: Feb 29, 2016
Diet: Original

Hubby and I had never had rapini, enjoyed it a lot! Wasn't sure I would, am used to 'saucy' pastas, but this was really tasty - do NOT skip the garlic breadcrumbs, they really add great flavor, and be sure to use a tasty chicken sausage (we used an italian chicken sausage).

By: Tami
Posted: Feb 29, 2016
Diet: Original

I added a splash of white wine and parmesan cheese because of the comments here. When cooking the florets, I threw these extras in with some extra oil and it came out good. I also used a flavorful chicken and apple sausage, so that probably helped. Ended up pretty tasty.

By: Kate
Posted: Feb 27, 2016
Diet: Original

The salad was really good!

By: Lisa
Posted: Feb 27, 2016
Diet: Paleo