Penne with sausage and broccoli rabe

One of the cool parts about having a modified tiny house is that all of my furniture is really easy to move. I can move almost everything in the house by myself. I took advantage of this today when I relocated our island so I could watch tv while cooking. Full House is so much fun! I think I’m in season 4 now.
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I love pasta dishes, I mean really, really, love pasta dishes. My favorite lately have been ones I’ve made using fresh, homemade pasta. Unfortunately (fortunately?), I had a full and busy week this week so I did not make pasta. I bought pasta and it worked nicely.

This meal was incredibly simple, AND I got to cook with broccoli rabe! This was my first time purchasing and cooking with broccoli rabe! So much fun to try new things!

I doubled the garlic, I know you’re shocked! 🙂  

Above you’ll see one of the optional components- the red pepper flakes, that I affectionately call “pizza pepper flakes.” I decided to add these- good choice (sometimes I “make good choices”). It only gave the dish a touch of zing, and we all need a touch of zing in our lives!

I loved the garlic-y bread crumbs (panko and sautéd garlic)
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INGREDIENTS

Chicken Sausage Penne:

  • Broccoli rabe (also called rapini; sub broccoli florets) – 6 oz, chopped (I don’t think I used enough because it was 6 oz with the stems and I cut most of the stem off and it cooked down substantially)
  • Garlic – 1 cloves, chopped (I used 2)
  • Sausage, chicken (preferably pre-cooked; sub any variety sausage) – 1/2 lb, casings removed (if applicable) and sliced (I used 1 lb)
  • Pasta, penne – 5 oz
  • Butter – 1/2 Tbsp (I subbed non dairy butter, but oil would have worked as well)
  • Panko breadcrumbs – 1/4 cup
  • Oil, cooking – 1/2 Tbsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) – 1/8 tsp
  • Lemons – 1/4, zest of

*This recipe is part of the paid subscription service on the Cook Smarts website.

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