1 lb fresh or dried rigatoni pasta
1 lb Italian sausage {any type}
1bunchb broccoli rabe
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil


Remove the casing from the sausage. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the sausage and cook until completely brown. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Keep warm.

Trim the broccoli rabe by cutting off the tough ends. Cut each stem into 1-inch pieces.

Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil, and add the pasta. Cook as per package instructions until the last 4 minutes of cooking. Add the broccoli rabe to the pasta pot and cook the pasta.

Drain pasta and broccoli, reserving one cup of the pasta water. Return the pasta mixture to the skillet with the sausage and mix well with the oil mixture, adding water as needed to keep it moist. Serve with grated parmesan cheese and Italian bread.