Broccoli Rabe And Sausage Casserole

Broccoli Rabe And Sausage Casserole

This recipe makes a great side dish for Thanksgiving turkey.

Two Pounds Of Broccoli Rabe With The Stems Removed, Washed, And Cut Into About Two Inch Pieces
¾ Pound Of Italian Sausage With The Casing Removed
¼ Cup Of Chopped Spanish Onion
Two Minced Garlic Cloves
The Juice Of ½ Lemon
¼ Teaspoon Of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
A Pinch Of Black Pepper
¾ Teaspoon Of Sea Salt, Divided
½ Cup Of Panko Breadcrumbs
Two Tablespoons Of Grated Romano Cheese
A Tablespoon And ¼ Cup Of Olive Oil, Divided

Add a tablespoon of olive oil and the sausage to a Dutch oven. Cook on low heat until the sausage is browned. Add the onion, the garlic, the crushed red pepper flakes, and a ½ teaspoon of sea salt to the pot. Continue to cook on medium heat while stirring frequently for three minutes. Add the chopped broccoli rabe. Cover and cook on medium heat for five minutes.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the breadcrumbs, the grated cheese, ¼ cup of olive oil, ¼ teaspoon of sea salt, and the black pepper in a mixing bowl. Mix well and set the mixture aside.

Add the lemon juice to the broccoli rabe and sausage mixture. Stir the ingredients well. Spread the breadcrumbs out evenly on top of the broccoli rabe and sausage.

Bake the casserole in the preheated oven uncovered for 40 minutes until the breadcrumbs have browned slightly.