Recipes: Italian dishes

  • Updated: February 20, 2013 - 3:41 PM

Ziti with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

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Ziti with broccoli rabe and sausage √

Serves 4.

Note: Ziti are thin tubes of pasta. Broccoli rabe (a leafy vegetable with some clusters of broccoli-like buds) and sausage go well together with pasta or on a loaf of Italian bread. From “Lidia’s Favorite Recipes,” by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich.

• 1/4 c. olive oil

• 3 large garlic cloves, crushed and peeled

• 1/4 tsp. salt, plus 1 tbsp. for the pasta water

• 1 lb. ziti (see Note)

• 1/2 lb. sweet Italian sausage, meat removed from casings and crumbled

• 2 lb. broccoli rabe, cleaned and cut

• 1/4 tsp. hot red pepper flakes

• 1/2 c. grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


Heat the olive oil in a large, deep, heavy skillet with a fitted lid, then toss in the garlic and sauté, uncovered, until golden, about 2 minutes.

Add 1 tablespoon salt to a large pot of water and bring to a rolling boil. Add the ziti to the pot and cook until tender (al dente).

Meanwhile, add the sausage meat to the oil and garlic, and cook until golden, stirring, about 5 minutes. Add the broccoli rabe, 1 cup pasta-boiling water, 1/4 teaspoon salt and the pepper flakes; cover and steam 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cook the sauce uncovered over high heat for about 3 minutes, until the liquids are slightly reduced. Drain the pasta, add it to the sauce, and toss gently. Sprinkle on half of the cheese, toss again, and distribute the remaining cheese over the pasta. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories 866 Fat 32 g Sodium 1,430 mg Saturated fat 9 g

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