Spicy Sausage Broccoli Rabe Parmesan


Simple, quick, inexpensive, and a little spicy. Delicious!!!

Bowl of Spicy Sausage Broccoli Rabe, and Parmesan on top of Rotini pasta
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 8 ounces whole wheat rotini pasta

  • 3 bunches broccoli rabe, trimmed

  • 4 (4 ounce) links hot Italian sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 1 tablespoon sausage drippings

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, or 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 rotini, and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 6 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, place a steamer insert into a saucepan, and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Cover, and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the broccoli rabe, recover, and steam until just tender, about 2 minutes depending on thickness.

  3. At the same time, place the Italian sausage into a large skillet over medium heat, and cook until browned and no longer pink inside, about 5 minutes. Remove sausage from pan and set aside; drain excess grease, leaving about 1 tablespoon of sausage drippings in the pan. Sprinkle in the garlic, and cook until it starts to brown, about 1 minute.

  4. Stir in 1/2 of the broccoli rabe. Cook and stir until the rabe has wilted, then add remaining rabe and diced tomatoes. Cook until rabe is tender, about 5 minutes; sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

  5. Return sausage to the skillet, and cook just until the meat is hot; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve over hot rotini.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

573 Calories
25g Fat
56g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 573
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 1084mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 166mg 829%
Calcium 269mg 21%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 503mg 11%

* 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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