Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe and Sausage,  while perfect for a weeknight meal it also makes a wonderful dish to serve when you have guests over for dinner. I love having impromptu dinners for our friends and when I do, I often serve an Italian meal. Why Italian you might ask? It is usually quick and easy to prepare so you don’t have to spend the whole day in the kitchen and tell me, who doesn’t like Italian food?

If I’m cooking a casual meal for friends, I usually serve the dinner right at my kitchen table. I’ll just add a leaf and bring over a couple of additional chairs from our other dining table. If so, I like to have as much of the meal prepared in advance so that the kitchen is clean and there is minimal work left to be done right before the food is served. Pasta with broccoli rabe and sausage is a perfect dish for these occasions as everything except the pasta can be cooked in advance. Once my guests have arrived, I’ll serve an appetizer then afterwards I’ll cook my pasta, finish the dish and  serve it family style at our table.

Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe And Sausage
Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe And Sausage

Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Recipe serves 4 to 6, adjust the recipe accordingly

  • 1 lb. orecchiette pasta
  • 2 bunches broccoli rabe, woody stems discarded, and the broccoli cut into 2 in. pieces
  • 1/2 – 3/4 lb. hot Italian sausage cut into bite size pieces or remove the casings and tear the sausage into small pieces
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil plus and additional 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped fine
  • 4 – 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c. chicken broth
  • 1 c. reserved pasta cooking water
  • 1/4 c. grated Pecorino Romano cheese plus more to serve at the table

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil then cook the broccoli for 2 – 3 minutes until just tender. Remove and place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and retain the green color. Drain well, then set aside in a bowl. I like to do this step to insure that the greens are not too bitter but you can eliminate if the broccoli is young and tender. The broccoli can be cooked, covered and refrigerated ahead of time until ready to complete the dish.

Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp. of olive oil in a large pan. Brown the sausage until just cooked through. Add the 1/4 c. olive oil then add the onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and cook until the onions are soft. Add the chicken stock and let simmer for several minutes more.  The sausage sauce can be cooked ahead of time, covered and refrigerated until ready to complete the dish.

In the meantime bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, I like to save and use the pot of water the broccoli rabe was cooked in for added taste and nutrition. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until just al dente. Drain the pasta, saving a cup of the water, then add the pasta to the sausage mixture along with the broccoli rabe. Cook for an additional 2 – 3 minutes for the pasta to finish cooking. Add the pecorino cheese, toss well and taste for any additional seasoning that might be needed. If the pasta appears dry, add some of the reserved pasta water and toss again. After plating, you may wish to add a drizzle of extra olive oil and an additional grating of cheese.

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My husband and I recently had two couples over for one of our impromptu dinners and I served this popular Italian dish which everyone seemed to really enjoy. The “little pasta ears” trapped bits of goodness in each bite…the richness of the sausage and the bitter greens were a perfect combination of flavors.

For appetizers, I served a large antipasto that I had prepared earlier in the day. Marinated olives, three Italian cold cuts (salami, mortadella and hot capicola), sliced provolone, marinated baby mozzarella with sun-dried tomatoes, marinated mushrooms, roasted red and yellow peppers and marinated artichoke hearts. There was something for everyone, plenty of veggies for those wanting to eat light with the addition of meats and cheeses for the heartier appetites. Glasses of wine and a crusty loaf of Italian bread with my homemade dipping oil was the perfect accompaniment.

Once the appetizers were finished, I went to the stove and cooked the orecchiette. When done, I added it to the broccoli rabe and sausages that I’d prepared earlier in the day. The finished pasta was plated and on the table in less than fifteen minutes, with only one large pot and  pan left sitting on the stove…no muss, no fuss. Try sharing this pasta dish with your friends soon, if they are like our friends they will love the orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausages.

 

 

 

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210 thoughts on “Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

  1. Has to be one of my all-time favorites! Love the “little ears.” And your entertaining style has to make everyone feel comfortable — and it’s easy on you. Another beautiful nest you’re feathering, Karen.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Rosemary, they are very much appreciated. Our new home is coming together nicely although there are still things yet to be done. Yes, I do believe everyone feels comfortable when they come to our home for a meal. Good friends and good food, that is what makes life a real pleasure. 🙂

  2. Love those quick, easy but flavorful weeknight meals. I have not have broccoli rabe in forever. Lucky friends that were invited to your house for an impromptu gathering. Love that huge tray of deliciousness.

    1. I agree Bobbie, quick and easy is a blessing for weeknight meals and pasta with broccoli rabe and sausage is one of them. I’m glad you liked the antipasti tray, there was something for everyone’s tastes on it.

  3. I made something a bit like this the other day but I didn’t think to use the Orecchiette . They would be perfect. Must add them to the shopping list.

    1. Hi Gallivanta, This would be good with any pasta…it is just that those “little ears” capture so much of the yummy bits and pieces.

    1. Thank you for your lovely compliment Penny. My dinner guests liked did too and it was an easy meal to put together. I’m glad you like our kitchen, I’m happy with it. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like an open concept house but I’m finding out that I like it. Is your Florida house on the market now?

  4. I agree that Italian dishes are a delicious and easy way to entertain without so much fuss. Your dish is beautiful as is the antipasti!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

  5. What a beautiful meal, I’m certain your guests enjoyed it immensely. Your kitchen is lovely and it’s so nice to have a casual eating area within it. The tables settings are beautiful too. Our renovation opened our kitchen into our formal dining room, which does have its advantages, but the clear disadvantage is that a mess can be viewed by everyone at the table so I’ve developed several trucks to keep the kitchen tidy when entertaining one of which is to prepare as much in advance as possible, as you do. Plus, who wants to be slaving away in the kitchen while hubby has a grand old time? I also have several home made hors d’œuvres and appetizers ready to go in the freezer, so making an impromptu meal is so easy (although hardly impromptu😉).

    1. I appreciate your lovely compliment, Eva. I’m pleased with the way our kitchen eating area has worked out, I didn’t think I’d be using it for entertaining as we have a large 8 ft by 4 ft dining table but we’ve only used the smaller table so far. With our new open concept house, the kitchen is part of the great room and can be seen from most everywhere so I have to make sure there is no mess in the kitchen before our guests arrive.

    1. Thank you Ladyfi, for your nice compliment. Since I know you are a vegetarian, leaving out the sausage would be the way to go for you and it would still be good.

    1. I agree with you Tin Man, I love the way the orecchiette are very good for scooping up all those yummy bits. Thank you for your nice compliment. Hope you are well.

  6. I would love to be an impromptu guest at that table. I would make a meal on the antipasto alone! Thanks for sharing the recipe. (Like Mad Dog’s potential adaptation, too!)

    1. Thank you Debra, I’m happy to know that you like the recipe. I’m with you about making a meal out of just the antipasto…meat, cheese and veggies and some good bread to soak up the marinating juices, it doesn’t get much better than that.

  7. Hi Karen,
    Once again you have served up an entertaining and delicious meal. I seem to forget how much guests really do enjoy having an Italian meal set before them. Growing up in an Italian home, where all we ever ate was Italian food, I sometimes take it for granted.

    I can just imagine the oohs and aaahs from all of your guests:) Your setting is relaxing and inviting.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Karen…

    1. I appreciate your kind words Louise and am happy that you enjoyed the post. There actually were some nice compliments as we sat around the kitchen table…thank you!

  8. Wonderful combination, Karen! I love using “the little ears” – look forward to making this meal! Your guests are fortunate indeed.

  9. I love to have easy, prepare in advance dinners for guests. It makes life so much easier. I’ll definitely add your dishes to my list for future guests. Your kitchen looks so pretty Karen. I know your guests must have had a wonderful time.
    Sam

    1. Hi Sam, Entertaining is definitely easier when most of a meal can be prepared ahead of time. Yes our guests did enjoy the meal. Thank you for your nice compliment about the kitchen, While it can’t compare to my NH kitchen, I’m pleased with the way it works and that is what counts. 🙂

  10. It’s only 8:30 in the morning her and I’m craving a serving of that scrumptious pasta! The antipasto is such a fantastic way to welcome guests. A wonderful meal Karen!

    1. Hi Deb, I’m glad that you liked the meal I served my guests but sorry it made you hungry so early in the morning. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  11. One of my fave pastas..and we love it w/ rapini..and now thanks o my friend Linda..charred brussel sprout leaves..so versatile these dishes..the ears hold the goodies:)The antipasto is a picture)

    1. Thank you Monique, I’m glad you like the looks of the antipasto…it always seems to make everyone happy. Thanks for passing on the suggestion about the Brussels sprout leaves.

    1. Hi Madonna, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. My husband and I like to invite friends over every couple of weeks so I like to keep everything simple. The pasta really is easy to make, whether you are making it for yourself on a weeknight or preparing it for guests and do most of the work ahead of time.

  12. Serving a great, tasty meal for company doesn’t have to be a production. And pasta is always a good choice. I’ve made something similar but with a different pasta cause that’s all I had in the pantry. I found the broccoli rabe a bit bitter but then I didn’t blanch them, just sauteed them. It was my first time cooking the green and I THOUGHT I could get away with skipping the step. Next time, I’ll know better. 🙂

    1. I agree with you Boleyn, simple if better as far as I’m concerned. I think you will be much happier blanching the broccoli rabe first as sometimes it can be very bitter.

  13. Love this dish! And simple as it is, it’s often one when I’m trying an Italian restaurant that’s new to me — you can really judge how well they cook from how they put this dish together. This really is a good dish for company — most people really like it. Good stuff — thanks.

    1. Hi John, I’m glad you agree about this dish being a good one to serve company. Isn’t it funny how we will judge how good a restaurant is by a certain meal they prepare. My test dish is Shrimp fra diavolo at an Italian restaurant. 🙂

  14. Wonderful meal Karen. Just the kind I love. I cook orecchiette pasta more than any others. I haven’t tried this dish with the sausage but it’s a great idea to add that too.

    1. Thank you Kay, for your nice compliment. I think you will like the addition of the sausage, especially if it is one with fennel in it.

  15. This dish is right up my alley, and I wouldn’t mind sitting at your kitchen table eating it 😀
    It’s very hard to come by broccoli rabe here, unfortunately. I’m still trying to find a place that sells it (although they’d probably charge and arm and a leg for it…).

    1. Hi Kiki, It is a long way for you to come to dinner but I’d certainly love having you. If you can’t find broccoli rabe, I would try another bitter green like dandelion or mustard greens. It would be a way of adapting the recipe to what is in your area.

  16. I am definitely going to make this. First, this is one of my favorite pastas and I do love how it holds a sauce. I’ve never had broccoli rabe and I’m curious to try it. Your appetizers look wonderful, too. Thanks, Karen!

    Jane

    1. Hi Angie, I think Italian food is probably one of the most popular foods around the world. I’m glad you like pasta with broccoli rabe like I do.

    1. Hi Gerlinde, Impromptu dinners are fun, usually none of us have had plans for the evening and love getting together for a meal. I find that cooking for four or six usually doesn’t take any longer, it just requires larger amount of ingredients.

  17. Hi Karen
    I will definitely be trying this one. Looks fantastic…..and I love every one of those ingredients so it should taste just as good as it looks.
    Hope you’re having a fine time in your new “digs”.
    The garden will be gearing up soon and I’m busy as can be with seedlings. Have a terrific week

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment and wish Susan. Yes, we are enjoying our home and it has been nice to have some of our friends come to visit. I do believe the two of you would enjoy this meal. Have you ever tried growing broccoli rabe in your garden?

    1. Hi Julie, I laugh when I look at all the pasta recipes I’ve posted. I think I can say that it is a favorite in our house as well. 😀

  18. Great dinner for your guests, Karen! The dish looks delicious and I need to try it soon. And pretty kitchen, nice colors!

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment, Pam. I’m happy you like the recipe and I hope you will enjoy it. I am glad you like the kitchen in our new home, thanks. 🙂

  19. As a LUCKY guest of this intimate gathering, I can assure you it was as savory as you have all imagined. A feast for all the senses and a lovely time, as always! Thank you Karen ❣

    1. Hi Nancy, I’m happy that you stopped by and left your sweet compliment…it is aways a pleasure to have you and John over for dinner.

  20. Orecchiette is a lovely pasta. I suspect I like it because it tends to get full of whatever sauce I cook with it. This looks so healthy and delicious Karen. You put me to shame.
    Best,
    Conor

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment Conor but I could never put you to shame, your cooking is great. I agree with you about the orecchiette being good because it really does trap all the goodies from the sauce in its little hollows.

  21. Karen…sounds like a great evening! Best to you and Mickey! And, John and Nancy, of course!

    Sent from my iPad

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    1. Thank you Shelba, for your wish…we all had a lovely evening. We are seeing John and Nancy this evening and I will say “hello” for you.

  22. I could have happily made a meal of the marinated mozzarella, mushrooms and artichokes alone! And the popular ‘little ears’ have been dressed beautifully . . . blissfully can buy broccoli rabe the year round here and use it in many stirfries: the wonder of cooking – take some Asian noodles, greens and lap cheong sausage and one can replicate your lovely relaxed dinner menu here under a slightly different guise 🙂 !

    1. I’m with you Eha, an antipasto like this makes a very nice meal. I like you idea of giving an Asian twist to the dish…thank you. 🙂

  23. This is definitely a crowd pleasing meal. You’re right, it is hard to go wrong with Italian. And your antipasto platter looks gorgeous. This is my kind of entertaining.

    1. Hi Gretchen, Yes Italian food does seem to please everyone…I’m glad you liked the meal I served. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  24. Hi Karen, What a beautiful dinner, I love serving meals family style, we serve many of our meals this way. Your appetizer plate looks wonderful too.

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment, Cheri. Yes, I think serving family style makes since when entertaining friends…quicker to get on the table and everyone can take just what they want. 🙂

  25. This is one of my favorite pasta dishes and yours looks delightful. I’m sure your guests enjoyed their meal as well as the extra attention they got from their host, since you weren’t slaving away over a hot stove the entire time. I will now have to source some broccoli raab (which isn’t easy to find in this part of Germany) and make this dish!

    1. Thank you Laura, for your nice compliment. Yes, one nice thing about this meal was that it could all be prepared ahead of time except for boiling the pasta. I does give you the opportunity to sit and visit with your friends over a cocktail before dinner. If you can’t find the broccoli raab then you could substitute another bitter green like mustard greens or dandelions.

  26. What’s beautiful about Italian meals is that it is served up family style on platters. This dish is beautiful and is perfect for an impromptu meal with friends and family.

    Velva

    1. Hi Charlie, I’m glad that you liked the post. I hope you and your guests enjoy the meal when you try the recipe. Thank you for your nice compliment.

    1. Hi Sylvia, I’m happy to know that you like the recipe, thank you. I love making an antipasto, there is always something for everyone.

  27. I’ve never seen broccoli rabe in the store but I plan on looking for it now – I’ll even ask my produce manager for it because you make that dish look so easy and delicious!

    1. Hi Kelli, Believe me this really is an easy recipe and I think every Mr. Picky Eater might like it. 🙂 Hopefully your market might be able to bring some in. If not you could use another bitter green…it just won’t be quite the same.

    1. Hi Alida, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. Let me know when you are in the neighborhood and we will have you for dinner. 😀

    1. Hi Beth, I appreciate your nice compliment…I’m happy you like the recipe. I had trouble finding orecchiette when we moved to Florida but finally our market started carrying little boxes of it (Barilla).

  28. I blanch my broccoli rabe if store bought but homegrown I find that step is not needed. I can see preparing this with other greens like Swiss chard, kale, collard, etc. A quick and easy meal anytime, thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Norma, Yes you could use other greens in this recipe. I know many of us wish that we could successfully grow broccoli rabe…when young, it definitely won’t need to be blanched. Lucky you. 🙂

    1. Hi Caroline, I’m glad I could help out with a new and easy recipe that is perfect for a midweek meal. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  29. Oh my goodness, this looks delicious. Love broccoli here so this would be a big hit. Your antipasto looks delicious and I’m sure it was a crowd pleaser.
    Happy Monday………

    1. Sorry it took so long to reply, Emily. I’m glad that you liked the post and I appreciate your lovely compliment. Yes, my guests did enjoy the meal. 🙂

  30. I love combining the flavors of sausage and greens with pasta, though I’ve never done it with broccoli rabe or broccoli. I can just imagine how the sweetness of the sausage pairs with the bite of the broccoli rabe, all rounded out with the pecorino. And brilliant to prep the sausage and rabe in advance, plus a lovely antipasto for before. Think I may be stealing this idea! Your open concept kitchen is lovely, Karen.

    1. Hi Betsy, You may certainly steal my idea. This is an easy meal to prepare in advance so that you can spend time enjoying cocktails with your guests before dinner. Little left to do but boil the pasta and toss everything together. 🙂

  31. I like be this pasta! Orecchiette is one of my favorites, love the little ears 🙂
    Impromptu parties are the best and I love to see everyone’s entertaining styles. I love your laid back style. I can’t seem to get away with just one dish….

    1. Your comment gave me a smile Nazneed, thank you. I definitely have a laid back style and I think it might be why everyone enjoys coming to our house for dinner. If I make a fancy dinner then others think they must do the same when we are invited to they home.

  32. I love ocecchiette…and the addition of broccoli rabe + sausage is making my mouth water. Yum! I like how you do dinner parties, Karen. I see Italian deliciousness all over the place on that table! 🙂

    1. Hi David, I’m glad that you like the recipe and how I entertain. It was a nice evening with our friends and the Italian meal seemed to be a hit. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  33. This is one of my favorite pasta dishes – made with with sausage, pancetta, or even a vegetarian version. It is a good reminder for us to make it again soon!

  34. Can you believe that I have never cooked orecchiette pasta? Now seeing your recipe this pasta shape is on my list of “to try”…I like that you have vegetables and sausage in this pasta dish…the kind that I like one pot meal…thanks for the inspiration Karen!
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

    1. Hi Juliana, I’m happy my post has inspired you…I believe you will enjoy orecchiette pasta especially with the broccoli rabe and sausage.

  35. This is one of those easy and delicious pasta dish that I LOVE making on a weekday. Looks easy if one can find the orecchietta. Thanks for sharing this Karen.

    1. Hi MJ, I’m glad you like the recipe, it truly is quick and easy. If you can’t find orecchiette, I would substitute with campanile or other sturdy pasta shape.

    1. I appreciate your lovely compliment, Fae. I believe that you would enjoy orecchiette, they are a great pasta that capture the little bits of goodness in whatever sauce you serve it with.

  36. Hi Karen, and it looks as pretty as I’m sure it tastes! I love it when the presentation is so “bright”! *Nothing* beats gathering at the table with good friends and good food. One thing I really miss here is getting American style Italian sausage. Something to look forward to when I go home! Xx Dana

    1. Hi Dana, Thank you for your nice compliment, everyone seemed to enjoy the meal. I totally agree with you about enjoying good food with friends. I know what you mean about the sausage, every country seems to have their own specialties.

  37. Such a lovely recipe! It looks delicious! I love orrecchiette so I will definitely be making it! 🙂

    1. Hi Emma, Thank you for your visit and your nice compliment. I’m happy to know that you like the recipe. I hope you and your family will enjoy it.

    1. Hi Marisa, I appreciate your lovely compliment about my photo. This is one of my husband and my favorites as well. Thank you for your visit today.

    1. Hi Raymund, I hope you get a chance to have some Italian food soon. Thank you for your compliment, I’m glad you like the looks of this dish.

  38. Thank you Lisa, I’m glad that you like the meal that I prepared for our friends. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like Italian so it is perfect when having guests over for dinner. 🙂

    1. Hi Andrea, I’m sorry to be responding late to your comment, I just discovered it in my spam file. I’ happy that you enjoyed the post and I’m sure your version is delicious with one of the good German sausages that you have available to your.

  39. I just looked up ‘Brocolli Rabe’- never heard of it before! When I have guests over for dinner, I usually misbehave by spending too much time in the kitchen and not enough time with my guests. You’ve convinced me to change my ways- thanks!

    1. Hi Fran, If you get a chance to find broccoli rabe, I think you would enjoy it. I think both you and your guests would both enjoy it if you spent more time out of the kitchen…I do hope you give it a try. 🙂

    1. Hi Sheryl, Yes…it is easy to have this dinner prepped ahead of time and on the table quickly. I’m glad you like the recipe, thank you.

  40. I am sure your guests were amazed and think you spent all day in the kitchen. I agree, who doesn’t like Italian. Except for my father/in/law of course. I made him lasagne once and he refused to eat it!!

    1. Hi Darlene, Our guests really did enjoy the meal and that makes me happy. Oh my, your father in law sounds like he might be hard to please.

    1. Thank you so much, Donna. I always appreciate when someone takes the time to let me know that they have tried and enjoyed one of my recipes. 😀

    1. Hi Fida, Thank you for stopping by to visit and your nice compliment. This really is a simple meal to prepare and I’m glad you like the recipe.

  41. We have only just begun to see broccoli rabe here in San Miguel. Now I have a lovely way to use it!

    1. Hi Vicki, I’m glad to know that I could furnish you with a recipe for the broccoli rabe. It is one of my husband’s favorite meals and I hope you enjoy it as much as he does.

    1. Hi Abbe, I’m glad that you enjoy giving dinner parties as much as I do. Thank you for your compliment about the pasta dish.

    1. Hi Lea Ann, Yes I think an antipasto platter is a good way to start a meal…a little something for everyone. I’m glad you like the recipe, thank you.

    1. I’m glad you like the meal that I prepared, Liz. Sausage does add lots of flavor and it certainly makes my husband happy when I use it to a recipe. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  42. I do love the sound of your impromptu dinner party and that antipasto platter looks stunning. What a beautifully casual way to dine. And I’m a fan of orecchiette pasta and it’s so great the way you can get this on the table in around 15 minutes xx

    1. Thank you Charlie, Wish you lived closer, we would invite you to one of our dinner parties. I do like the fact that most of this recipe can be can be prepared earlier in the day…it makes for easier entertaining.

  43. Love this recipe, Karen. Orecchiette is such a cute pasta shape and it holds whatever you dress it with beautifully.
    Re: peaches
    Mine were small too and not great for eating…but perfect for this bar.

    1. Thank you Barbara, for your nice compliment. I’m glad you like the recipe. The girl at the farmer’s market said they were Florida peaches…maybe they are just a smaller variety that grows here.

  44. Quick meal ideas for dinners with friends is something we all look for, I guess. Your pasta dish looks fantastic and reminds me I’ve never cooked what is called here cime di rapa (even though they are easily available and very popular). Your antipasti plate looks so fabulous, I think I’d have problems saving space for the rest of the meal 😉

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment, Sissi. Definitely try the cime di rapa the next time you see it at your market. We have similar tastes on many dishes so I think you will enjoy it. I’m with you about the antipasti, I could make a meal just eating it. 🙂

  45. I have a similar pasta dish on my blog- one of our fave combinations! I absolutely love your antipasti platter. What a beautiful job you did arranging it. Makes me want to have company over just so I can do something similar 😉

    1. Hi Amy, So nice to hear from you. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and appreciate you lovely compliment. I believe if you do a similar meal, your guests will be very happy.

  46. Orichette are so much fun and a welcome difference in pasta shapes to serve! We love them! What a beautiful antipasto platter too, Karen! I’m sure your guests were very grateful for your hospitality and delicious food!

  47. Hi Roz, I agree with you about oricchiette, its shape and texture make it a fun and popular pasta to uses. Thank you for your kind words, they are much appreciated. 🙂

  48. What a wonderful dinner! Your guests were very fortunate. I love that you can make this dish ahead of time, as I can’t talk and cook at the same time! 🙂 It sounds really yummy!

    1. You gave me a chuckle with your comment, Shari. 😀 This sounds like a perfect meal for you to try. I’m glad you like the recipe, thank you.

    1. I’m happy to know that you like the dish Amira, thank you. I do think it is a good one to serve when you have friends over.

  49. This is one of my favorite pasta dishes – I love the spicy sausage, the bitterness of broccoli rabe and who doesn’t like ‘little ears’ pasta? I agree that Italian food is perfect for company. Easy to prepare and makes everyone feel at home.

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