One Skillet Orecchiette With Sausage, Rapini, White Beans & Mushrooms

"Feeling settled and ready to tackle the week. Working on simplifying my cooking in the new year - started with one pot greens and beans with orecchiette and sweet sausage (sausage from @madeinghent). You can understand why Italians could debate endlessly about the nuances of different pastas. Here, Orecchiette (small ears shape) takes center stage with beans and greens. Have a great week, friends."
-- @kevmasse

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Prep time 20mins
Cook time 45mins
Serves or Makes: 6

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  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups Cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bunch rapini, thick stems trimmed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can Cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups Orecchiette
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese


  • Step 1

    Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large, deep skillet until shimmering. Add sausage and cook, breaking apart as you go, until browned on all sides. Leaving drippings in pan, remove meat to a small bowl and set aside.

  • Step 2

    In the same deep skillet, add onion, mushrooms and salt and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent and mushrooms have released their moisture, about 5-7 minutes. Add crushed red pepper, garlic and 1/2 cup chicken broth - scrape bottom of pan and bring broth to a boil. Add rapini and cover with lid, reducing heat to medium. Cook 5 minutes undisturbed. Remove lid and stir, greens should be wilted at this point.

  • Step 3

    Add cooked sausage, beans, pasta and remaining 2 1/2 cups broth. Bring to a rapid boil. Reduce heat to medium and cover skillet- simmer for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.

  • Step 4

    Remove lid, turn off heat, stir in butter, cheese and black pepper. Serve in hearty pasta bowls topped with extra cheese if desired.