Spicy Lamb Sausage Ragu with Orecchiette & Broccoli Rabe

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spicy lamb sausage ragu with orecchiette and broccoli rabe
  • 4Servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (about 1/3 palmful) ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (about 1/3 palmful) ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon (about 1/3 palmful) fennel seed
  • 2 teaspoons (about 2/3 palmful) paprika
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon harissa paste or 1 tsp.chili paste
  • 2 cups lamb stock or broth or chicken stock
  • 1 pound orecchiette
  • 1 bundle broccoli rabe (rapini), trimmed
  • Shaved pecorino, for serving
  • Chopped fresh mint, for serving


Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.

In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the oil, two turns of the pan, over medium- high. When the oil ripples, add the lamb and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the spices; stir until toasted, a minute or so. Add the onion, garlic and thyme. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Uncover; add the tomato paste and harissa . Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the stock and reduce the heat to low. Let the ragu simmer while you cook the broccoli rabe and the pasta.

In a large skillet, bring 2 to 3 inches of water to a boil for the rabe.

Salt the pasta water. Add the pasta; cook to al dente.

Salt the water for the rabe. Add the rabe; cook 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and chop into bite-size pieces.

Add 1 cup of the pasta water to the ragu; drain the pasta. Toss the pasta with the rabe and half the ragu. Divide among shallow bowls. Top with a little more ragu; garnish with pecorino and mint.