Broccoli rabe and pasta soup….



I love Italian food and broccoli rabe with sausage is a favorite in our home. The bitterness of the broccoli rabe goes nicely with the spicy sweetness of the sausage. It is so easy to make too..

This dish was created when we both were too tired to make a pasta dish to go with the broccoli rabe. So I just added it directly to the broccoli rabe and this is the end result…Literally it was meal in one pot.
This typically is a dry dish but to add the pasta there needed to be some water, so I added chicken broth and miscalculated..there was a little too much water and so it ended up as a soup but delightful in every way. Just what two tired souls needed on a cold winter day.

Ingredients ( The measurements are approximate)
Olive oil – enough to stir fry sausage

Sausage- 3 or 4

Garlic – 2 cloves

Onion -1 medium diced

Crushed red pepper- according to personal preference ( 1 used 1/2 tsp)

Pasta any kind (unccoked) – 1 cup

Chicken broth 1 can

Salt and pepper

Grated Parmesan cheese – to sprinkle on top

Broccoli rabe – 1 bunch


Add olive oil to a hot pan and fry the sausages till half cooked.

To this add sliced onions and cook till slightly brown. Add some crushed red pepper and crushed garlic to this.

To this add the chicken broth, cover with lid and let the sausage cook in the steam. When the broth starts to simmer, add the uncooked pasta and keep covered. If the broth seems insufficient add more broth or water.

When the pasta is 3/4 th cooked add the cleaned broccoli rabe which has been sliced into about one and a half inch size pieces.Check the pasta and rabe and when it is cooked enough, the dish is ready to serve. Adjust seasonings and serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

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February 2 add on:

While browsing through blogs I came across the idea of Virtual Recipe Club at The Savory Notebook

The theme this is week is ‘soups ‘ and I thought this might be appropriate for submission. Seems like I have been participating in a quite a few blog events!

11 responses »

  1. This does look amazing. I have been asking my supermarket to carry broccoli rabe for weeks, and yesterday they finally said they would order it. Can’t wait.

  2. Hi Giniann — sorry for public comment, didn’t find an e-mail address. I’d like to include a link to this in a running round-up of broccoli rabe recipes that’ll run during March. If that’s okay, please let me know via e-mail! Many thanks! AK

    • Hi there, I have been searching for some soup recipes with brocolli rabe. I know it’s good in italian wedding soup plus the one you have with sausage. Pls send to me.

  3. I just wanted to say I tried this recipe tonight, and my husband loved it. We never had broccoli rabe before…and I also used beef stock instead of chicken. It was very flavorful and good. Thank you! I also want to say I like the design of this website, very nice!

    Good! I am glad it trurned out good. Beef stock sounds good with it. Thanks for all your nice words.

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  5. A lot of people love broccoli rabe. Featuring it in a soup is a great idea.

    Phyllis, aka

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