Here's an Italian classic that needs no adaptation to make it paleo.There are plenty of everyday meals that are paleo and many people don't realize it. Broccoli rabe and sausage is one of them. Luckily for me it's also an Italian dish. This is a meal you will most likely find on an Italian restaurant menu. It should be made with olive oil, not butter, and you can ask to omit the shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano. Although, darn, that stuff is good. Lemon zest brightens it and adds a subtle, yet significant flavor.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Coat the bottom of a skillet with a thin layer of olive oil; heat over medium heat. Cook and stir sausage slices in skillet until browned, 3 to 5 minutes; add garlic and continue cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute more.

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  • Add broccoli rabe to the skillet; season with lemon zest, red pepper, and sea salt. Drizzle olive oil over the broccoli rabe and toss to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli rabe is completely wilted, about 15 minutes. Squeeze lemon half over the sausage and broccoli rabe mixture.

Nutrition Facts

688 calories; protein 32.4g 65% DV; carbohydrates 18.7g 6% DV; fat 54.6g 84% DV; cholesterol 71.5mg 24% DV; sodium 1742.9mg 70% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2016
I liked this and will make it again. I couldn't find paleo Italian sausage so used paleo chicken sausage. I really liked the lemon and red pepper flavoring. I did add some water to the pan when I added the broccoli rabe and a lid so that the broccoli rabe would steam and cook faster. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/16/2015
The flavor was really good but I thought this would have been better served with Pasta or Rice. The Broccoli Raab really shrinks down as it cooks. Read More
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8 Ratings
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2015
Thank you for trying my recipe from mangiapaleo.com. Glad you enjoyed it. I agree with Carla that it would be nice to have with pasta but unfortunately that's not paleo. Try spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles!:) Mangia! - Laura Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/16/2015
The flavor was really good but I thought this would have been better served with Pasta or Rice. The Broccoli Raab really shrinks down as it cooks. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2016
I liked this and will make it again. I couldn't find paleo Italian sausage so used paleo chicken sausage. I really liked the lemon and red pepper flavoring. I did add some water to the pan when I added the broccoli rabe and a lid so that the broccoli rabe would steam and cook faster. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2015
Fast & easy! No changes aside from topping with some grated romano. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/30/2016
I really didn't like this one because the lemon was way too strong. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2015
I didn't have broccoli rabe so I used spinach instead and it came out GREAT! A good paleo option! The sausage really gives the spinach a rich flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2016
It was super easy and super delicious. I didn't change anything. I served it with a side of quinoa which went nicely. Maybe try some red pepper flakes for an extra kick. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2014
I used jalapeno chicken sausage. Yum! Fast and easy. Read More