Emeril's Rigatoni with Broccoli and Sausage

Wholesome broccoli pairs with irresistible sausage in this one-pot dinner that will please kids and adults alike. Anchovies are the secret ingredient in this dish. They give it deep, savory flavor without a bit of fishiness, so if you're tempted to skip them, don't!

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  • Servings: 6
Emeril's Rigatoni with Broccoli and Sausage

Source: Everyday Food, March 2012

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets (about 4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 anchovy fillets, minced
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • Parmesan, grated, for serving

Directions

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. In last 2 minutes of cooking, add broccoli and cook until bright green and crisp-tender. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain pasta and broccoli.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together oil, garlic, lemon zest and juice, anchovies, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  3. Add sausage to pot and cook over medium-high, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat, return pasta and broccoli to pot, and add oil mixture. Toss well to combine, adding enough pasta water to create a thin sauce that coats pasta. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan.

Cook's Note

Emeril says, "If you're in the market for a simple, comforting pasta dish, look no further: This Italian-inspired combination is easy enough that kids can lend a hand. Let older helpers cut off the broccoli florets while little ones have fun whisking together the sauce. Feel free to use turkey or chicken sausage for a lighter meal."

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