Above: Orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe.
A food-obsessed friend recently sent me an email. This is what it said:
We are participating in a collective, TASTY experiment. As such, you
have been invited to be part of a recipe exchange. We hope you will
participate. We have picked those we think would make this fun.
1. Please send a recipe to the person whose name is in position 1
(even if you don’t know him/her). It should be something quick, easy
and without rare ingredients. The best one is the one you know in your
head and can type right now. One you make when you are short of time.
2. After you’ve sent the recipe to the person in position 1 below,
copy this letter into a new email, move my name to position 1 and put
your name in position 2. Only my and your name should show when you
send your email. Send to 20 friends BCC (blind copy).
You should receive about 36 recipes. It’s fun to see where they come
from! Seldom does anyone drop out because we all need new ideas. The
turnaround is fast as there are only 2 names on the list and you only
have to do it once.
1. Name of my friend’s friend here, her email
2. Name of my friend
Needless to say, I was on board. After thinking about what I should make, I settled on orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe. It fit the bill for a quick, easy and tasty recipe, and one that’s a go-to for me when I want something good fast and with few ingredients.
After typing up the recipe, I thought I’d share it with the LBC, and perhaps inspire you to undertake an exchange of your own. If you are Italian American and find this an epicly “duh!” dish, please forgive me.
Broccoli rabe with sausage and orecchiette
1 16-oz package of sweet Italian sausage
1 bunch broccoli rabe
1 lb. package of orecchiette pasta
1 cup or so of chicken stock (I like to use low sodium)
red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste