Broccoli Rabe with Sausage and Polenta

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2 pounds broccoli rabe, thick ends trimmed
6 cups water
1/2 teaspoon course salt
1/2 cup polenta (not instant) or yellow cornmeal
2 ounces unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 ounce parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 Aidells Sun-Dried Tomato & Mozzarella Sausage (cut into ½” slices)
2 cloves garlic (thinly sliced)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cook broccoli: 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 the broccoli rabe from the pan and immediately run under cold water to cool.

  2. Cook polenta: Bring water and salt to a boil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan, then add polenta in a thin stream, whisking constantly. Cook over moderate heat, whisking, 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally for 45 minutes. Stir in butter, cream, and cheese and remove from heat.

  3. While polenta cooks, heat the oil in a large sauté pan. Add the garlic and sauté until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the sausage and broccoli and sauté 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve over polenta.