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Broccoli Rabe with Sweet Italian Sausage

  • Active time:30 min
  • Start to finish:30 min
January 2009
No surprises here: The classic combination of bitter greens and sweet sausage is as warming and comforting as the Italian grandmothers who have been making it for generations.

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  • 3 lb broccoli rabe (about 3 medium bunches), trimmed
  • 1 1/2 lb sweet Italian sausage links, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Cut broccoli rabe into 3-inch-long pieces. Cook in a large pot of boiling salted water (3 Tbsp salt for 6 qt water), uncovered, until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, then rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Squeeze out excess water from handfuls of broccoli rabe.
  • Meanwhile, preheat broiler.
  • Broil sausage in a 4-sided sheet pan 3 to 4 inches from heat, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Keep warm, covered.
  • While sausage broils, heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then cook garlic, stirring, until fragrant but not browned, about 1 minute.
  • Separate broccoli rabe, then sauté in garlic oil until coated with oil and heated through, about 4 minutes. Stir in sausage.
Cooks’ note: Broccoli rabe can be cooked 1 day ahead and chilled.