Jan's Cavatelli with Broccoli Rabe


Quick, easy and definitely delicious. Spicy sausage and creamy cavatelli is tossed with tangy broccoli rabe in a delicate chicken and wine sauce. I also use gnocchi in place of the cavatelli on occasion.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
8 servings


  • 2 pounds ricotta cavatelli

  • 1 pound broccoli rabe, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound Italian sausage, removing from casings and cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 10 ounces roasted red peppers, cut into 1-inch strips

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

  • 2 tablespoons concentrated chicken stock (such as Knorr®)

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook cavatelli in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, 9 to 11 minutes. Drain.

  2. Fill the same pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Add broccoli rabe; cook until tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain.

  3. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and onion; cook and stir until sausage is no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in broccoli rabe, roasted red peppers, and garlic. Cook until flavors combine, about 5 minutes.

  4. Dissolve chicken stock with white wine and water in a small bowl. Whisk in cornstarch. Pour chicken stock mixture into the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Bring sauce to a simmer until slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  5. Pour sauce over cooked cavatelli and top with Parmesan cheese. Toss lightly and serve.

Cook's Note:

Use hot or mild Italian sausage based on your preference.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

656 Calories
17g Fat
95g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 656
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 1270mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 95g 34%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 74mg 368%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 332mg 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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