Ziti with Broccoli Rabe & Sausage
2 tbsp. plus ½ tsp. kosher salt, divided
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
8 oz. sweet Italian sausage links
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1 large head broccoli rabe, trimmed and stems peeled
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
8 oz. ziti pasta
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano
1. Bring a large pot of water with 2 tbsp. salt to a boil for the pasta. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and add 1 tbsp. olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the sausages and brown all over, about 6 minutes; remove to a plate.
2. Add remaining oil to skillet. Stir in garlic, and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the broccoli rabe, and season with remaining salt and red pepper flakes, tossing to coat. Cover and let steam until bright green and the leaves are wilted, about 5 minutes.
3. Add ziti to the boiling water, and cook until al dente, according to package directions. Slice the sausages into ½-in. rounds, and add to broccoli rabe along with 1 cup pasta water and the butter. Bring to a simmer, and cook until the broccoli rabe is very tender, about 3 to 4 minutes; discard garlic.
4. Add cooked ziti to broccoli rabe mixture, and toss to coat, adding a little pasta water if needed. Sprinkle with cheese, toss, and serve.
Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes