Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3 Hot Italian Sausages, removed from casings and broken into 1” pieces
  • 1 pound Broccolini or Broccoli Rabe florets and stems cut into 1” pieces (4 cups)
  • ½ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, total
  • ¼ Cup White Wine
  • 1 Cup Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
  • 250 Grams Orrechiette 1/2 pound


  • Bring 6 quarts of water to boil in a pasta pot with 1 ½ TBSP of Salt. Cook orrechiette according to directions until al dente, 12-15 minutes.
  • In a large saute pan, brown the sausage in 1 TBSP oil over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks. If very lean, you may need to add another TBSP of oil. Remove from the pan.
  • In the same pan, add 1-2 TBSP oil (depending on how much remained from sausage), reduce heat to medium and add the red pepper flakes and garlic and give a quick stir, being sure not to let the garlic brown. Add the broccolini and stir fry to coat in the oil.
  • Increase heat to medium high and add the wine, give a quick stir to deglaze, scraping up the bits and cover. Allow to steam for 1 minute and remove from heat. It should be bright green but still crunchy.
  • Return sausage to the pan. When the pasta is ready, bring heat to medium.
  • Drain the pasta and add to the sausage and broccolini, along with 1-2 TBSP pasta water. Add the cheese , ¼ tsp black pepper and stir together until well blended and the cheese has melted.
  • Serve immediately with a fresh grating of cheese and drizzle of olive oil.


  • This works equally as well with pork, chicken or turkey sausage.
  • You may need to brown the chicken or turkey sausage with a bit more oil if it is super lean.
  • Substitute Mild Italian Sausage if you prefer less spice. 
  • You can use regular broccoli, but broccolini or broccoli rabe provide a bit more texture and a stronger flavor that really stands up to the sausage and cheese.
  • Orecchiette should be available at most major supermarket chains. I personally like a brand called Rusticella d’Abbruzzo which can be found at Whole Foods, Plum Market and other shops that carry more artisanal ingredients. DeCecco and Barilla are brands that are widely available.
Keyword Broccolini, Orecchiette, Pasta, Sausage


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