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Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
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4.88 from 8 votes

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

This Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe recipe is a delicious one pot pasta dish that can be made in 30 minutes!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 469kcal


  • 1 lb oreccheitte
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp each salt & pepper, divided
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp chili flakes


  • Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water for 7-9 minutes. Add broccoli rabe in the last 2 minutes of cook time then drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, mix fennel seeds, paprika, onion powder, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper with ground turkey in a large bowl.
  • Heat olive oil in the same pot, then add ground turkey mixture, breaking up with a spoon. Cook for 5 minutes until browned. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add pasta and broccoli rabe back to pot, then add chicken broth, lemon juice, lemon zest, remaining 1/2 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp pepper, parmesan cheese and chili flakes, sauteeing for another 2 minutes.
  • Serve with extra parmesan cheese and chili flakes and enjoy!



Add more flavour to your homemade sausage using dried thyme, sage or basil.
If you don't like broccoli rabe, swap it out for baby broccoli, spinach, chard or mustard greens.
Store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days then reheat in the microwave.
Freeze this recipe for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight then reheat in a pan on the stovetop or in the microwave.
If freezing, blanch the broccoli rabe separately and freeze it on its own or add it fresh to the dish.


Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 473mg | Potassium: 544mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1424IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 270mg | Iron: 3mg