Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rape

I just got back from visiting Nate in California again yesterday. It was another great, but too short, trip. I have to say that the weather out in LA is not as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, I can’t believe it gets as cold as it does! I guess I could live out there if I had to…let’s hope Nate finds something in the job department soon.

I got to see my uncle’s new puppy…she’s so tiny!!!

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And I got to see one of my best friends, and bridesmaid, Barrie. Nate and I met her at the LACMA where there’s this really cool lamppost sculpture.

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Anyway, since Nate’s been gone, I haven’t done that much cooking. I would cook a small amount but I just don’t like spending all that time and effort on a meal that will only last a day or two. So instead I only know how to make large quantities, but with only me eating it I can’t be doing that very often.

Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rape

So I’ve been forced to go back to some recipes I made but never posted. The photos aren’t great because I rushed to take them so we could dig in. I actually made this meal during the 4th of July weekend! But actually, I think this makes a great meal in any season :)

I don’t know why I never posted it, since it’s totally delicious. I guess it’s kind of similar to a couple other pastas i have on my blog already, but honestly this type of garlicky sauce with sausage is my favorite kind. I got this from my mom’s recipe box, but I think it’s from Gourmet or Bon Appetit or something.

Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rape

I promise I’ll cook up something new for you soon. I actually had high hopes for an oreo bundt cake I baked up while out in CA, but it didn’t come out as pretty as I thought it would. It was tasty, but nothing special in the chocolate cake department.

You guys looking for me to make any particular types of recipes?

Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rape

Penne with Broccoli Rabe

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Serves 5-7


1 lb penne
3/4 pound raw italian turkey sausage
2 bunches broccoli rabe (rappini)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp capers
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 grated parmesan plus more to garnish
salt and pepper to taste

Cook penne in salted water.

While penne cooks, cut stems off broccoli rape. Cut remaining stalks and leaves into 1″ pieces.

Heat 1 Tbsp oil in large skillet. Remove sausage from casings and cook, breaking up with wooden spoon until no longer pink.

Remove sausage from pan. Add another tablespoon oil and garlic. Saute garlic until golden.

Add broccoli rape, capers and white wine. Saute until leaves wilted and stalks are tender, 5 min. Season with salt and pepper.

When penne is al dente, drain and put in bowl. Add broccoli rape and cheese. Toss and serve with more cheese.


  1. I love the look of this pasta. I think the turkey with the broccoli will go really well together. I’m so pleased you were able to have a few days with Nate and your bridesmaid xx

  2. Yum! I’m glad you haven’t been cooking so that you had a chance to post this beauty! Looks delicious!

    • hehe, thanks! Yeah I don’t know why I didn’t post it! I guess I just had a buildup of recipes for a while…but now I’ve got none on reserve so I better get cookin.

  3. I’m the same way, I pretty much won’t cook at all if it’s just me. When the BF is home it’s a whole meal extravaganza but if it’s just me I will usually stick to PBJs and/or cereal all day long :)

    I’m super sad about the Oreo bundt cake. Oreos are PRETTY MUCH my favorite thing ever (besides peanut butter).

    PS – I’m crushing super hard on your gorgeous purple bowl <3

    • Yeah, it’s just too much work to cook for yourself, and usually too many calories. I don’t even know what I eat when Nate’s gone…I think I just graze on crap all night :(

      Well, lucky for you, I’m going to attempt to rework said oreo bundt cake…and hopefully make it way better! If you like oreos, you HAVE to make the “cookies and cream” bar recipe on my site. You will love love love it. I’m craving it right now!

      The bowl is actually my mother-in-law’s, as we were down there for the holiday wknd. They’re part of a set made up of like 4 diff colors. Very festive!

  4. I wish I had the problem of not cooking/eating when my husband is away ;-) – I do it for the kids (yeah, right!). Living apart can be really tough… glad you made it out for another trip and it sounds like it was a really fun one. (Love the puppy shot!!). I’ll never forget attending a conference with my husband in San Diego in February – I was looking out the hotel window at moms jogging with their babes on the boardwalk – a gentle breeze and mild, sunny temperatures… and this Canadian was thinking… you know, we do have a *choice* where we live!! :). It’s tough when your whole life is set up somewhere else though. Your penne looks delicious Amy – not rushed at all.

    • Well if I had kids I def would! I’ve never been to San Diego…Nate’s dream is to live in San Francisco. I think I’d love Canada though! Cold weather doesn’t bother me ;) (at least maybe not until I experience the extreme winters there, hehe). Unfortunately we only have a choice where we live when our job can be done anywhere :(

  5. Yup, this looks like a dish we’d love! I’m still having trouble adjusting to cooking for 3 instead of 5…especially when my daughter usually eats her own thing anyway. We end up eating the same dish 3 nights in a row…not so great for a food blogger. Fingers crossed Nate finds the perfect job soon~

  6. Am looking at this and thinking I need to make it soon! I usually do broccoli with chicken sausage but the bitterness from broccoli rabe is so good – my husband loves it. Thanks for the reminder! : )

  7. I make a lot of simple (and garlicky) pastas like this too, and now I am thinking I might whip this up this weekend!

  8. Back when I still ate meat this was one of my favorite meals my mom would make! Total comfort food.

  9. You were so close to my apartment!!! Let me know if you make it out to LA again soon, would love to grab coffee. :) this pasta sounds fantastic.

    • oh my gosh, I forgot you live in LA! It was such a quick trip but I will definitely let you know if I’m back in the area :)

  10. Sausage and garlic sauce on pasta. YUM! Now, I’m craving for some. Great to hear you had a great time in L.A. I know the weather/temperature can get crazy here sometimes. Just last week, there were a few days that the night and day temperature were 40+ degree different. Crazy, huh. But over all, it’s nice and sunny here. :)

    • Thanks, Amy! Oooh, are you over in cali? I know, it’s completely crazy how the temperature varies…but i like it! It’s much more bearable to have warm daytime temps when you know you’ll have to put on a sweater come sundown :)

  11. did you just say Oreo BUNDT CAKE? *sigh* this diet will NEVER HAPPEN….

    i haven’t had broccoli rabe in forever…forever! what is wrong with me? thankfully i saw this before i went shopping today, because a nice pasta sounds lovely for tonight. I too know the difficulty in cooking for one, because most of the time stella won’t eat what i make and tim’s not home to eat it. soooo…even though there’s a few of us, “one” is typically what i’m faced with for meals. this is perfect for that particular situation. :)
    happy to hear you had fun seeing nate and everyone! you jetsetter. ;)

    • Haha, it’s very hard to diet as a food blogger…especially when there’s no one in your house besides yourself to eat your creations. This no-Nate thing is getting old, fast! So since the oreo bundt cake didn’t come out as good as I would have hoped, I made a Red Wine Chocolate Bundt Cake, coming soon to the blog!

      I love broccoli rabe…so nice for a change of pace from the usual veggies.

  12. The new header is looking pretty sweet. Whoever the artist is behind that has some real talent. A find, as it were.

  13. What a stunning picture of you, Amy!!

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