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This recipe is from Frank deCarlo, chef at Peasant restaurant in New York City. Very easy to make at home. Great for lunch alone, or serve it after a light salad for dinner...


  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 pound broccoli rabe, trimmed and washed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
  • 2 shallots, crushed and peeled
  • 8 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1 1/2 cups canned low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/2 pound pasta, preferably Barilla Campanelle
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Grana Padana or Parmesan cheese


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Add salt and broccoli rabe to the boiling water. Cook until just tender. Drain, and transfer to ice bath. When cool, drain, and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and shallots; cook until just golden. Add sausage; saute, breaking up with the back of a spoon, until cooked through. Add broccoli rabe and stock. Cook until heated through.
  • Into the same large pot, add pasta; cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain.
  • Add pasta to skillet; toss to combine. Season with salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Sprinkle with cheese; toss to combine. Serve immediately.
  • Enjoy!

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