Tired of dinner decisions? Enjoy a 30 day trial to our meal plan service, voted #1 by Lifehacker, and reduce your mental load today.

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.

Tags

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
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

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
Amount Per Serving
Just a moment...
% Daily Value
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...

Increase your nutrition smarts

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!

Get access to all of our delicious recipes and time-saving meal plans!

Get 1 free month
Learn More

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
Amount Per Serving
Just a moment...
% Daily Value
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...

Increase your nutrition smarts


Reviews

This meal has 112 reviews

I mixed this up after reading the reviews and used veggie sausage instead of chicken, and added lemon juice, extra garlic and olive oil. It was delicious!

By: Alice
Posted: Feb 26, 2016
Diet: Original

Wish I would have read the comments before making - it needed some moisture. Quick, easy meal.

By: Cindy
Posted: Feb 25, 2016
Diet: Original

Really flavorless. Could have used some sauce or...something!

By: Arden
Posted: Feb 24, 2016
Diet: Original

Nice easy meal. As suggested by others, I added pasta water. I could taste the bitterness in the rapini but I liked it. Will make again.

By: David
Posted: Feb 24, 2016
Diet: Original

It did need a light sauce or some of the lemon juice and olive oil.

By: Linda
Posted: Feb 24, 2016
Diet: Original

I added butternut squash and it was delicious.

By: Beth
Posted: Feb 23, 2016
Diet: Vegetarian