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Orecchiette with Turkey Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, and Walnuts

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Ingredients

  • 6 ounces uncooked orecchiette pasta
  • 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 8 ounces sweet turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe (about 12 ounces), trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)

Details

Cooking time 20mins
Adapted from cooking light.com

Preparation

Step 1

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Reserve 1 cup cooking liquid; drain.
2. While pasta cooks, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add walnuts; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer walnuts to a plate.
3. Add remaining 4 teaspoons oil and sausage to pan; cook 6 minutes, stirring to crumble sausage. Add garlic, broccoli rabe, and 1/2 cup reserved pasta water; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping pan to loosen browned bits.
4. Add pasta, remaining 1/2 cup pasta water, walnuts, rind, juice, and red pepper to pan; toss to combine. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately.

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