Especially when paired with sausage and farfalle pasta. Others might see the resemblance to Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe & Spicy Sausage, which would make sense. I just wanted to make it my own, so I used broccolini (which I think looks prettier than rabe), farfalle instead of orecchiette (my honey doesn't like orecchiette. don't ask why, I have no clue!), and chicken Italian sausage instead of the standard pork.
Farfalle with Italian Sausage and Broccolini
1 lb. broccolini, ends trimmed and roughly chopped
1 tbsp olive oil, plus more for sprinkling
1 lb chicken Italian sausage, casings removed and sliced or crumbled
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 lb. farfalle pasta
1. Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. During last 3 minutes of cooking, add broccolini.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat and cook sausages until no pink remains. Remove sausage from pan; add garlic and fennel seeds and cook 1 min till fragrant.
3. Add sausages back to pan and lower heat . Using a slotted spoon, remove broccolini and pasta and add to saute pan. Add some pasta water (2 tbsp to 1/4 c.) to make sauce. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes if desired, or add marinara sauce.
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