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.


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 Responses to 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.

    • Karen says:

      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.

    • Karen says:

      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. Gallivanta says:

    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.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  4. Penny says:

    I love both your antipasto tray and your pasta dish. Perfect for entertaining. Your Florida kitchen is beautiful Karen.

    • Karen says:

      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?

  5. coarol says:

    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!!


  6. Eva Taylor says:

    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😉).

    • Karen says:

      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.

  7. Mad Dog says:

    That looks delicious! I’ve got some cooking chorizo in the fridge and might have to do a little adaptation 🙂

  8. ladyfi says:

    The pasta looks delicious.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  9. One of my favorite dishes! I’d come over any time for an impromptu dinner at your house!

  10. aFrankAngle says:

    Oh my …. Sorry I missed this, but I guess my invitation got lost in the mail. 😉

  11. Orecchiette is one of my all time favs because every now and then you hit one that has scooped up all the goodies and is bursting with the flavors of your sauce. This dish sounds so fresh and fantastic.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  12. eliotthecat says:

    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!)

    • Karen says:

      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.

  13. Louise says:

    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…

    • Karen says:

      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!

  14. Mary Ann says:

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

  15. Larry says:

    Please feel free to serve this impromptu meal when we show up – looks delicious.

  16. 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.

    • Karen says:

      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. 🙂

  17. Lee Ann Swanson says:

    I am getting hungry just reading this and looking at your pictures!!

  18. Orecchiette are among my very favorite pastas – they hold more sauce, right? and the combination with broccoli rabe and sausage is inspired.

  19. Deborah Ryan says:

    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!

    • Karen says:

      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.

  20. Everything looks delicious! Lucky guests! 🙂

  21. monique says:

    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)

    • Karen says:

      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.

  22. Madonna says:

    I love hearing/reading about how people entertain. You make it sound so easy. And delicious.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  23. A_Boleyn says:

    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. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      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.

  24. kitchenriffs says:

    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.

    • Karen says:

      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. 🙂

  25. 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.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  26. Kiki says:

    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…).

    • Karen says:

      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.

  27. Jane says:

    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!


  28. This is one of our favorite pastas.I love your dinner party ideas

  29. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    Exactly..who doesn’t love Italian food? This is my favourite too, Karen.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  30. Gerlinde says:

    I am all for impromptu meals that are easy to prepare. Your dinner looks delicious and would make me happy any day.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  31. Everything about this entire impromptu meal is fantastic, Karen! I would love to be a dinner guest at your new house. xo

  32. Susan says:

    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

    • Karen says:

      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?

  33. Perfect for impromptu meals .. Pasta is a fav in our house. I must start using orecchiette 😊

    • Karen says:

      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. 😀

  34. Pam says:

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

    • Karen says:

      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. 🙂

  35. Anonymous says:

    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 ❣

    • Karen says:

      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.

  36. Conor Bofin says:

    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.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  37. Look absolutely delicious !!

  38. Oh my goodness, Karen I know your guests enjoyed every morsel!! Heck, I KNOW I WOULD!! Absolutely mouth watering my friend! I wish we lived closer!! ♥

  39. Marigene says:

    We had that for supper last night! It is a favorite in the house.

  40. Shelba Carroll says:

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

    Sent from my iPad


    • Karen says:

      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.

  41. Eha says:

    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 🙂 !

    • Karen says:

      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. 🙂

  42. chef mimi says:

    Gorgeous pasta! Love your antipasto as well. My kind of meal!

  43. Gretchen says:

    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.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  44. cheri says:

    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.

    • Karen says:

      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. 🙂

  45. lvaletutto says:

    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!

    • Karen says:

      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.

  46. Velva says:

    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.


  47. A wonderful suggestion to try with guests, I am going to try this in the next couple of weeks.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  48. This is my kind of meal, Karen. Quick, easy and packed with flavor. Lucky guests!

  49. Looks really tasty, Karen. Thanks for the recipe. The antipasto also looks wonderful.

  50. 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!

    • Karen says:

      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.

  51. What a lovely recipe Karen. Broccoli and sausage go so well together, looking at this makes me hungry! I love your generous antipasto and your spacious modern kitchen too. May I come for dinner too?

    • Karen says:

      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. 😀

  52. Beth says:

    This sounds delicious! I sometimes have to go searching for orecchiette, but it would be more than worth it to try this one.

    • Karen says:

      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).

  53. I have not used orecchiettes in a long time – so many delicious shaped pastas. Your dish looks so good; I have chorizo, broccoli and other pastas – I guess I could substitute LOL

  54. Norma Chang says:

    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.

  55. Great recipe for a midweek meal, always looking for new things to cook with broccoli.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  56. Emily says:

    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………

    • Karen says:

      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. 🙂

  57. What a perfectly more-ish meal, Karen. A total crowd pleaser all-around!

  58. 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.

    • Karen says:

      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. 🙂

  59. 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….

    • Karen says:

      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.

  60. 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! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      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.

  61. Cocoa & Lavender says:

    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!

  62. Juliana says:

    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 🙂

    • Karen says:

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

  63. Sabrina says:

    One of my favorite pasta dishes! Love it 🙂

  64. mjskit says:

    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.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  65. Every thing you make is so colorful, inviting and wonderful, Karen. I have never paid an attention to orecchiette pasta. They look so cute. I shall look for them. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      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.

  66. 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

    • Karen says:

      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.

  67. bavariansojourn says:

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

    • Karen says:

      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.

  68. Hi Karen, this pasta dish is an absolute family favorite! Your photo makes me wish I could dive into that plate of orecchiette 🙂

    • Karen says:

      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.

  69. sippitysup says:

    Broccoli rabe! That’s an ingredient I haven’t used in awhile. Now I want to use it make this pasta. GREG

  70. Raymund says:

    I feel like having some Italian after seeing this delicious Broccoli rabe of yours.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  71. Nice dish. Thanks for reminding me of orecchiette pasta.

  72. I love starting a dinner party with antipasto–and I love pasta! What a great meal, and I agree you can’t go wrong with Italian food for guests.

  73. Karen says:

    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. 🙂

  74. Karen, I also make a similar pasta dish and the kids adore orecchiette that go so well with some spring greens and Italian sausage. A lovely recipe for family and friends!

    • Karen says:

      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.

  75. 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!

    • Karen says:

      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. 🙂

  76. Looks amazing, and you’re right, who doesn’t love Italian!

  77. This is the pasta of my childhood! This looks amazing! I’m coming over next time 😉

  78. Sheryl says:

    I really like how, with a little preparation, this dish can be cooked and plated within 15 minutes. This is my kind of food. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      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.

  79. What a beautiful recipe, Karen. Really scrumptious. I think my Peter would love this. Thanks for sharing. PS sorry to hear that macadamias are so expensive over there!

  80. Darlene says:

    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!!

    • Karen says:

      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.

  81. Yum-my! WE tried this without the pasta as I can’t eat it…but this was so good!

    • Karen says:

      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. 😀

  82. This sounds delicious and I love how simple it is to make.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  83. milkandbun says:

    What a beautiful table, plates and food!

  84. flavorsofthesun says:

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

    • Karen says:

      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.

  85. Orecchiette is one of my favorite pastas. It is hard to overcook! Love giving dinner parties, too. Pasta is always such a fun dish to make. Sounds luscious!

    • Karen says:

      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.

  86. To me, a great antipasto platter is just the ticket for the perfect appetizer. And I love this pasta dish. Greens and pasta make such a lovely dish. Peas come to mind also. 😉

    • Karen says:

      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.

  87. Definitely, my type of dish… a complete, easy, comforting meal.

  88. What a perfect menu for company—all you need is a tossed salad and you have a delicious meal! I love adding sausage to my pasta dishes—it adds such a wonderful flavor!

    • Karen says:

      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.

  89. hotlyspiced says:

    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

    • Karen says:

      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.

  90. Barbara says:

    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.

    • Karen says:

      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.

  91. Sissi says:

    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 😉

    • Karen says:

      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. 🙂

  92. Francesca says:

    This is one of my favorite dishes! So amazingly delicious!

  93. What a perfect, flavorsome dish Karen! I am sure your guests enjoyed them very much!

  94. Amy says:

    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 😉

    • Karen says:

      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.

  95. Love simply but tasty dishes. Thanks for sharing!

  96. Anyone who doesn’t love Italian food has a stunted soul or defective taste buds.

  97. rozpaige says:

    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!

  98. Karen says:

    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. 🙂

  99. Hi! This is my go to dish when arriving home from a long vacation or need comfort. Delicious!

  100. Shari says:

    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!

    • Karen says:

      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.

  101. Amira says:

    This is such a lovely and simple way to entertain guests… your dish looks so filling and homey. Thanks for sharing.

  102. It looks inviting, and with a lot of taste 🙂

  103. Karen says:

    Hi Graziano, I appreciate your stopping by for a visit and your lovely compliment. Thank you!

  104. What a delicious spread for an “impromptu” dinner 😉 I’d invite myself over.

  105. 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.

  106. Never tried it with both the pasta and the sausage but as an either-or. I’ll have to give it a try!

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