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Rapini and Sausage recipe

Rapini and Sausage recipe

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This is a hearty dish, a great way to get your greens! If you'd like you can try substituting chopped kale for the rapini. Enjoy!

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IngredientsServes: 8

  • 1 bunch rapini, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 450g mild Italian sausage, cut into pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:35min ›Ready in:45min

  1. Place broccoli rabe and salt in a large pot of boiling water. Cook 12 minutes, or until stems are tender. Drain, reserving 225ml of liquid.
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and cook sausage 10 minutes, or until evenly browned.
  3. Remove sausage from saucepan. Stir garlic into saucepan, and cook approximately 30 seconds. Place broccoli rabe and reserved liquid in pan, then mix in 1/2 of the lemon juice. Return sausage to pan and allow the mixture to simmer approximately 10 minutes. Mix in remaining olive oil and lemon juice before serving.


Rapini is a slightly bitter cooking green that has long been popular in Italy, also known as broccoli rabe.

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My husband loved this dish. It was very easy. Next time, I won't boil the Broccoli Rabe for the whole 12 minutes. It seemed to get a little soggy. Next time I will only boil for 8 minutes.-05 Apr 2002

by Jurisbo

This was excellent. I made only a few changes to turn it into a pasta dish, and it was the best supper we've had recently. I cooked radiatore pasta in salted water, saved the water for cooking the broccoli rabe, and set the pasta aside. I used hot ground Italian sausage and added a few teaspoons of fennel seed. I followed the rest of the directions as written and tossed the broccoli rabe and sausage with the pasta right before serving. My whole family raved, from my husband down to my 2-year-old son. Yum!-01 Mar 2008

by grammalizroe

I modified this recipe to: rough chopped rabini stems and cooked for 6 minutes seperately from the green leafy part. I then rough chopped the green leafy part and blached in hot water. I thoroughly drained the rabini before adding into oil mixture. The result was a better looking dish.-07 Aug 2005