Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sausage, Mozzarella, and Broccoli Rabe with Shells

Sometimes the cover recipe on a magazine just draws you in and you have to make it.
That is the story with this pasta dish.
It was on the cover of Everyday Food a couple of months ago.
Something about cheesy baked pasta is really appealing. Throwing in something green makes it even better.

I used turkey sausage in this recipe because I use ground turkey and turkey sausage in place of ground beef or pork always. It is a way to cut back on calories and fat, without getting rid of the flavor.

The broccoli rabe was a little much for my kids in this one. It can be bitter, although blanching/steaming it for a few minutes is supposed to help with that.
The recipe suggested subbing in regular broccoli, if preferred, but I think spinach would also be a good alternative. You could also sub another type of cheese, since fresh mozzarella can be expensive.

This turned out to be a recipe that looked better than it tasted for us. We still liked it, but I was expecting more from it, for some reason. I would like to play around with the recipe in the future and make a few changes, to see if I could get better results. It was good, but not as amazing as the photo made me think it would be.

Recipe for Sausage, Mozzarella, and Broccoli Rabe with Shells


Samantha Kate said...

This looks so yummy! I love pasta dishes :)

Chef Aimee said...

I love Everyday Food and subscribe to you did this recipe justice! :)

Unknown said...

I love Everyday Food - I just watched them make this dish on the show the other day and thought it looked good too! I'll probably give it a try eventually, though I'll sub spinach for the broccoli rabe. Let us know if you try it play with the recipe to improve it!

~~louise~~ said...

It sure looks good to me, Mary Ann!!! When I was a kid, we had to eat broccoli rabe and I disliked it immensely! As an adult, I actually crave it sometimes. Thanks for sharing...

Jessica said...

This looks like such a tasty meal. I love that I could assemble it ahead of time and then pop it into the oven when I get home. I think I'll try this with spinach sometime very soon!

Cathy said...

This is my kind of dinner (funny, I seem to say that a lot when I read your dinner posts). I think I'll try this with spinach - who knows if the kids will eat it, but I know hubs and I will love it!