This spicy sausage and broccoli rabe rigatoni had my Nana Lulu written all over it as I was making it. She LOVED broccoli rabe and pairing it with spicy sausage over pasta. I had it so many times at her family dinners. So I wanted to recreate that magic this week for dinner. In this version I made it with an incredible asiago cream sauce to bring it all together. First, I blanched my broccoli rabe to help make it less bitter and more tender.
Everything for the spicy sausage and broccoli rabe rigatoni was simple to put together from there. I browned the spicy sausage in my beloved cast iron skillet. Then I added flour and butter to the pan to start the roux for my cream sauce. Once the roux was cooked I poured in the milk and let it bubble for 10 minutes.
I added the broccoli rabe and lots of asiago cheese to the sauce and let it all meld together for another couple of minutes. Then it was just tossed with my cooked rigatoni and ready to serve! I had tossed it together in a huge pasta bowl and served it family style. Oh my goodness, it was Italian heaven! The spicy sausage cut right through the cream sauce with the broccoli rabe bringing tons of fresh flavor. I loved the way the ridges in the rigatoni caught everything. My Nana would have been proud of this spicy sausage and broccoli rabe rigatoni I think! Enjoy, friends. xoxo