Broccoli Rabe Artichoke Sausage Pasta

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1 pound broccoli rabe
3/4 pound rotini or other curly pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
freshly grated Parmesan to taste


  1. Bring a small amount of water to a boil in a saucepan, salt generously. Add the broccoli rabe, cover and steam for 2-3 minutes, until just wilted. Remove from the pan and immediately run under cold water to cool.

  2. Cook the pasta in a large pot of well-salted boiling water until al dente.

  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage, onion, bell pepper, garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the cooked broccoli rabe and the balsamic vinegar and stir well to mix. Cook another 3-4 minutes, stirring until the broccoli is tender but still crisp. Taste for salt and pepper.

  4. Transfer the sausage-broccoli mixture to a large serving bowl. Toss with the pasta and sprinkle generously with Parmesan.