Fresh broccoli rabe and juicy vegan sausage make for the perfect pasta pairing. This dish is our take on a classic Italian recipe loaded with so many unique and delicious flavors.
- 1 bunch of broccoli rabe * (see notes)
- 16 oz. pasta of your choice (gluten-free as needed)
- 3 plant-based sausages, slices into rounds (we used Beyond Meat Hot Italian Sausage)
- 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
- 1 shallot, sliced thin
- 7 sundried tomatoes in oil, roughly chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- Optional: 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (we used Violife; or opt for homemade)
- Prepare the broccoli rabe by removing the light-colored leaves as well as the bottom portion of the stems (about 1-inch off of the bottom).
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl.
- Add a pinch of salt to the boiling water and then blanch broccoli rabe for about 1 minute. Drain the broccoli rabe and immediately add it to the ice bath for 1 minute. Drain and transfer the broccoli rabe to a cutting board. Cut the stems into bit sized pieces and set aside.
- Bring another medium pot of water to boil and prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain and do not rinse.
- In a separate pan, add in the vegan sausages and cook until caramelized and browned. Remove the sausage from the pan and set aside. In the same pan in the leftover oil from the sausage, add in the garlic and shallots and sauté until fragrant and translucent. Add in the red pepper flakes snd cook for about 1 minute more, stirring often.
- Add in the broccoli rabe, sun-dried tomatoes, vegan sausage and cooked pasta. Mix ingredients through until fully combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Allow the mixture to cook for a minute or two more on low heat, stirring often, until everything is warmed through.
- Serve with a generous sprinkle of both vegan parmesan cheese and parsley. Enjoy!
- Avoid broccoli rabe with yellow leaves and/or flowers. The florets turn yellow as they age, which is sign that the broccoli rabe is past its prime.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Italian, Pasta, Entree
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: Vegan
Keywords: pasta, Italian, broccoli rabe, vegan, sausage, entree, dinner, valentine’s day