Hearty Spicy Sausage & Rapini Pasta - A Family Favorite











Discover how to turn simple ingredients into a cozy, spicy sausage and rapini pasta meal. Perfect for any family dinner that requires a blend of rich flavors and comforting textures.


Step 1: Prep the Ingredients

To kick off this savory adventure, start by bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until it's perfectly al dente. Meanwhile, grab a large skillet and warm up the olive oil over medium-high heat. This is your canvas for building flavors!
Pro Tip: Salt your pasta water well; it adds flavor to the pasta.

Step 2: Cook Garlic & Sausage

Add the garlic to the skillet and let it sizzle for a minute or two, just until it becomes fragrant. Now, crumble the spicy sausage into the skillet. Continue to cook it, breaking it apart as it browns, until no longer pink. This step not only cooks the sausage but also infuses the oil with a beautiful garlicky and spicy aroma.
Pro Tip: Break the sausage well to ensure even cooking and flavor distribution.

Step 3: Add the Rapini

Once the sausage is nicely browned, toss in the rapini. This leafy green will add a pop of color and a slightly bitter counterpoint to the dish, balancing the richness of the sausage. Sauté it just until it begins to wilt, to preserve its vibrant green color and slight crunch.
Pro Tip: Rapini's slight bitterness pairs well with rich meats.

Step 4: Create a Creamy Sauce

After transferring the sausage and rapini mix to a plate, drain any excess grease from the pan and return it to medium heat. Pour in the chicken broth to deglaze the pan, scraping up the delicious browned bits from the bottom. Stir in the sour cream and milk until you have a beautifully smooth and creamy sauce. This is going to add a luxurious silky coat to our pasta, making each bite irresistibly creamy.
Pro Tip: Deglazing the pan is key to capturing all the flavor.

Step 5: Combine and Serve

The final step is to reintegrate the sausage and rapini into the skillet, along with the perfectly cooked pasta. Gently toss everything together, ensuring the pasta is well coated in the creamy, flavorsome sauce. The harmony of spicy sausage chunks, tender greens, and silky pasta, all bound by the creamy sauce, creates a comforting yet sophisticated dish. Serve it hot, garnished with a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for an extra touch of decadence.
Pro Tip: Add Parmesan while the dish is hot for a beautiful melt.