Recipe courtesy of Lidia Bastianich

Ziti con Broccoli di Rape e Salsicce (Ziti with Broccoli di Rabe and Sausage)

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  • Level: Easy
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1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage

2 pounds broccoli di rape

3 tablespoons coarse salt

1 pound ziti

1/4 cup olive oil

3 large cloves garlic, crushed

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes

2 teaspoons unsalted butter

1 cup chicken stock

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano cheese


  1. Grill or broil the sausage in advance. When cooled, slice it thin and set aside. Wash and drain the broccoli di rape and set it aside. In a large pot, put 10 quarts water on to boil, with 3 tablespoons coarse salt added, and immediately start preparing the sauce. Add the ziti to the pot when the water boils and cook until al dente. In a large, deep, heavy skillet with a fitted lid, heat the olive oil, add the garlic, and saute, uncovered, until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the broccoli di rape, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper flakes, cover, and stream 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the sausage. Add the butter and chicken stock, and cook over high heat, uncovered, about 3 minutes, until the liquids are slightly reduced. Add the drained pasta to the sauce and toss gently. Sprinkle on 1/2 of the cheese, toss again, serve immediately, and distribute the remaining cheese over the pasta.