Cavatelli, Sausage, Broccoli Rabe en Brodo


4-6 servings

Cook Time

1 hour, 15 minutes


Ricotta Cavatelli Dough    

  • 1 ¼ cups Semolina flour + bench flour
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • 2+ oz. water

Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Sauté

  • 2+ tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 oz. ground pork/sausage 
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 shallot or scallion, sliced
  • 1-2 sweet peppers, sliced
  • 1 mushroom, sliced
  • 4 sundried or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 oz. chickpeas with liquid
  • S&P TT
  • 4 stalks broccoli rabe, chopped, stems & tops separated
  • Sriracha, optional
  • 3 oz. shaved parmesan


Ricotta Cavatelli Dough    

    1. In a large mixing bowl, blend the flours and salt until uniform in color. 
    2. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, add ricotta, egg, and water.
    3. Mix with a wooden spoon, then gradually bring the flour into the liquids until dough comes together.
    4. Knead dough with your hands until smooth. Place dough in a piece of plastic wrap lightly dusted with Semolina. Let dough rest while preparing the sauce.

Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Sauté

  1. In a heavy-bottom pot, heat 1 tbsp. oil. Add pork/sausage, break up and brown on medium-low heat.
  2. Move meat to the sides of the pot and add more oil if necessary.
  3. Add garlic, shallot, peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes. Sweat for a few minutes.
  4. Then add broccoli rabe stems, continue to cook for 2 minutes then add leaves, cook 2 minutes more.
  5. Deglaze with broth, then add chickpeas with liquid and simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off heat.
  6. Adjust seasoning with S&P, add sriracha if desired.
  7. Set aside until ready to toss with cooked pasta, more oil if desired, and cheese.

Cutting, Forming & Cooking

    1. Cut dough into equal portions. Roll dough into ‘ropes’ about the thickness of your finger. 
  • To form:

By Hand:

Cut into 1-inch pieces, roll each piece away from you on a board with your thumb, or use two fingers and roll towards you.

Machine Method:

Flatten ropes slightly, guide ropes though machine while cranking.

  1. Transfer to a sheet pan lined with paper and dusted with Semolina, do not stack too high.
  2. When ready, plunge into rapidly boiling, salted water for 2-3 minutes. Work in batches.

Drain pasta, gently stir into sauce. Garnish with shaved Parmesan. Enjoy!

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