Rigatoni with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe is loaded with Italian sausage, broccoli rabe and tons of parmesan cheese!

Rigatoni with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Rigatoni with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe is a one dish meal that everyone your family will love. Easy to make, easy to clean up and delicious to eat!



  • 1 (12 oz.) package Italian Sausage, hot or mild
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. rigatoni
  • 1 head of broccoli rabe
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot with at least 6 quarts of water to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, add 2 tablespoons of salt and then drop in the rigatoni and cook according to the package directions.
  2. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water, then scoop out the pasta with a small strainer or a ladle and place in a colander to drain.
  3. Bring the pot of water back to a boil and add the broccoli rabe. Cook for 2 minutes, then drain and place the broccoli rabe into a large bowl of ice water.
  4. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the sausage, breaking up with a spoon as you go until completely browned. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
  5. Add the crushed garlic to the same skillet and cook for 1 minute, stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn.
  6. Add the broccoli rabe, tomatoes and red pepper flakes to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add the sausage, pasta and parmesan cheese to the skillet, stir to combine, then pour in the reserved pasta water a little at a time to make the sauce.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Italian