Broccoli Rabe with Sausage


This recipe has been in my family for a long time. It works really great as a side dish or as a main dish if served with pasta (I like to use either gemelli or cavatelli). The chicken broth takes a lot of the bitterness out of the broccoli rabe. Top with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 4 (3.5 ounce) links hot Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 dash red pepper flakes

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Fill a large pot with chicken broth and 1 cup water; add broccoli rabe. Bring to a boil and cook until nearly tender, about 5 minutes. Drain.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook, stirring to break into small pieces, until crumbly and browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broccoli rabe, remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Cook until broccoli rabe is tender, about 3 minutes more.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of broth. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

291 Calories
23g Fat
5g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 291
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 1114mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 54mg 270%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 202mg 4%

* 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.