Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe: Recipe
Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage1 lb. "ear shaped" pasta
1 medium bunch, broccoli rabe
3 medium garlic cloves, crushed
3 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 lb sweet sausage meat - casings removed
1/2 cup pecorino-romano cheese
In a large pot, bring to a boil enough water for a pound of pasta. Wash and trim the broccoli rabe by trimming off most of the woodsy stems and splitting the stalks in half and then half again, lengthwise. Once the water boils, drop in the broccoli for about 1 minute. Using tongs or a large slotted spoon, remove the broccoli rabe to a strainer and keep the water boiling. Add the pasta to it and cook accordingto the directions on the box.
Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium high heat and add the sausage meat. Crumble it up with the back of a wooden spoon as it browns - about 5-7 minutes, stirring often. Add in the crushed garlic and lower the heat, continue to stir. When the pasta is nearly complete, spoon about 1 cup of the cooking liquid into the saute pan with the sausage meat and allow the liquid to boil.
Drain the pasta. Pour it back into the cooking pot and add the broccoli rabe and the sausage mixture. Stir well to incorporate and add in the cheese. Serve!