Sausage, Ricotta Cavatelle and Broccoli Rabe Soup



  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, or enough to coat bottom of pan
  • 1 pound pre-cooked chicken sausage sliced (I use Al Fresco sweet Italian style chicken sausage 12 ounces)1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups ricotta cavatelle frozen
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • freshly ground pepper ( couple of grinds)
  • 4-5 cups chopped broccoli rabe and greens
  • 2 quarts chicken stock ( 8 cups)  I used Trader Joe's which is amazing.
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano for garnish
  • Directions:

    • In your dutch oven over medium heat, add the olive oil, sausage, onion and garlic until soft,about 5 minutes. 
    • Add the chopped broccoli rabe and greens. 
    •  Cook until they begin to wilt. 
    • Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
    • Add the frozen ricotta cavatelle, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes.
    • Continue to boil for 6 minutes.  Turn off heat and serve with Cheese.