Penne with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe


Hot Italian sausage with broccoli rabe sauteed and served over penne. You'll love this dish so much and so will your family. Every time I make it I have to double the recipe.

close up view of Penne with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe in a purple bowl
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) box penne pasta

  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage links, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 pound broccoli rabe, cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ cup pasta boiling water

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink, reserving 1/2 cup of the water.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir the sausage pieces, garlic, and red pepper flakes in the hot pan until the sausage is no longer pink on the outside, about 4 minutes. Stir in the broccoli rabe and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Pour in the reserved 1/2 cup of pasta boiling water. Cover, and cook until the sausage is no longer pink in the center and the broccoli rabe is tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Stir the cooked pasta, broccoli rabe, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese together until evenly mixed. Season to taste with salt and pepper to serve.

Cook's Note

Soak broccoli rabe with leaves down in a bowl of cold water for 20 minutes while you prepare everything else. You can either cut just the tips of the broccoli rabe or chop it into large pieces. You can adjust the heat with the crushed red pepper flakes. This can also work with mild sausage or turkey sausage. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

498 Calories
18g Fat
62g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 498
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 734mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 22%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 71mg 356%
Calcium 123mg 9%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 341mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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