Ziti with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

  • 1 pound ziti
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli rabe, florets and tender stems only
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chicken stock or canned broth
  • 1/2 pound cooked sweet Italian sausage, crumbled or chopped
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Grana Padano, or Parmigiano Reggiano

Cook the ziti in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain well.

Meanwhile, in a large deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the garlic and cook over moderately high heat until golden. Add the broccoli rabe, crushed red pepper and salt; cover and steam for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the chicken stock, sausage and butter and cook over high heat until the sauce reduces slightly, about 3 minutes.

Add the ziti to the skillet and toss gently. Sprinkle half of the cheese on top and toss again. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the remaining cheese.

From La Cucina Di Lidia by Lidia Bastianich (Clarkson Potter 2003). All rights reserved. Used with permission of the publisher.

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6 servings

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