Foodie Friday: Sunday Dinner Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Casserole


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Today our theme is Sunday dinner!  Being that my husband’s family is Italian I have attended my fair share of Sunday dinner’s for Sunday sauce over the last 7 years of my life.  They usually involve an appetizer of sorts to start such as cheese, meats, olives, wine followed by a meal of pasta, sauce, meatballs, broccoli rabe or escarole, bread and a large salad.  Oh and I can’t forget about dessert.  There is always dessert. Honestly, it is usually more food than I can throw down my gullet at one time. Sunday Dinner

It is certainly no small feast and I am sure I am forgetting to mention something.  Anyway, when I was attempting to come up with a recipe to showcase for this post, I was perplexed.  Spaghetti and meatballs seemed too simple, plus I may end up swimming with the fishes if I give away the secret sauce recipe.  I contemplated just posting about one of the side dishes but that really doesn’t do the theme “Sunday dinner” any justice. Then it came to me while I was drifting off to sleep last night in a hungry state of subconsciousness….combine them all, casserole style! Sunday Dinner Italian Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Casserole

Much like a traditional Sunday dinner, this recipe takes a bit of time, effort and a little bit of love put into it.  You have to cook the sausage, broccoli rabe and pasta separately before you combine them to bake but as with any family dinner, it is well worth the wait. Sunday Dinner Italian Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Casserole sausagebroccolirabe2 sausagebroccolirabe3

Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb Italian sausage
  2. 2 bunches broccoli rabe or broccoli, cut into small pieces
  3. 1/2 lb gluten free penne pasta
  4. 1 onion, thinly sliced
  5. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1/3 cup dry white wine
  7. 1 28oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  8. 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  9. sprinkle of red chili pepper flakes
  10. sea salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Boil a pot of water and cook pasta until al dente then drain and set aside.
  3. In a large saute pan over medium heat, cook sausage until brown then transfer with a slotted spoon into a large bowl. Drain fat if desired.
  4. In the same pan, add onion and garlic and cook until tender.
  5. Add broccoli rabe along with the wine and cook until tender.
  6. Add drained tomatoes and mix.
  7. Add in pasta then 3/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and mix.
  8. Transfer all into a casserole baking dish and then top with the rest of the Parmesan.
  9. Bake in oven for approximately 10 minutes.
  10. Remove and enjoy! Salud!
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18 Comments

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply October 10, 2014

My husband is clearly dining in the wrong house bc his vegetarian wife never makes this. He would love it!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 10, 2014

    I definitely made this more for my husband than for me and he really enjoyed it! You and the hubby are welcome any time you're in the area- we can cook up some vegetarian friendly fare for us and the men can feast on some meat :P

Emily @ Whatever Floats Your Oats
Reply October 10, 2014

Looks amazing! I can tell a lot of love went into making this dish!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 10, 2014

    Thank you! A lot of love for sure and a little bit of yelling at the kids who were all sorts of crazy while I was trying to make it :P

SuzLyfe
Reply October 10, 2014

Love the addition of the love. It is such an important ingredient.
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Reeni
Reply October 10, 2014

This looks like a great recipe! I will have to make this for my husband (he loves italian sausage). Thanks for sharing!
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Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply October 10, 2014

Yummm, I love italian sausage....and just bought some gluten free pasta....sunday night dinner? Maybe!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 10, 2014

    Yay, let me know what you think if you make it! :)

Smitha @ Running with SD Mom
Reply October 11, 2014

This looks incredible. What kind of pasta do you like to use?
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 11, 2014

    Thank you! I used Barilla gluten free for this recipe because it is a combo of corn and rice & stays together better than some other brands :)

Mike Huiwitz
Reply October 18, 2014

That looks like a very delicious recipe.
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Farrah
Reply October 18, 2014

This looks super good! (Very much agreed with the 'just a "small" meal' graphic too, except I'm just cooking for...me. :x hehh.)
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