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A CookTale

The one thing that I do that’s as dependable as the morning sunrise is my daily perusal of the New York Times Diner’s Journal on the web. Every so often, I find a recipe that stops me in my tracks. The idea of oven baking the classic dish, Broccoli Rabe with Orecchiette, and melting Parmesan on top did just that. A simple idea, but that’s what Mark Bittman’s food is about. I knew that some evening, looking forward to an easy dinner, it would happen. Last evening was it. I spontaneously added a sweet Italian Sausage. Thanks MB.


1 bunch of Broccoli Rabe (washed & trimmed – I go to the trouble of peeling each stem, it makes a difference)
2 Sweet Italian Sausage
2 TB of EVOO (plus 2 TB for sauteing )
5 Garlic Cloves (peeled & sliced)
3/4 of a cup of Parmesan Cheese (shredded)
4 oz. Orecchiette


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Drop Broccoli Rabe into the boiling water & cook until bright green and tender, 6 minutes. Remove, and plunge into ice water. Drain.

3. In the same pot of water, cook the Orecchiette according to the package directions. The DeCecco package recommends 11 minutes. Drain.

4. Place 2 tablespoons of EVOO in a large saute pan, & turn heat to medium-high. Add the Sausages & cook until browned & tender. The internal temperature (if you want to bother, should be 140F). Set aside. Like all meat, the longer you cook it, the drier & less juicy it gets. When cool enough to handle, thinly slice.

5. With a paper towel, wipe out the saute pan. Add 1 TB of EVOO & toast the Garlic until golden. Chop the Broccoli Rabe into pieces, about an inch or two long, & add to the saute pan. Toss, saute for a few minutes. Then turn off heat. Add all the ingredients to a large bowl & gently toss together.

6. Transfer the mixture to an oven-proof baking dish. Generously top with the shredded Parmesan, drizzle on EVOO & bake until the Parmesan cheese melts & the mixture has completely heated through, about 10 minutes.

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