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Rappi with Gnocchi and Sausage

Things have been really busy around here lately so meals have been quick ones. Last night I made a favorite for the family. Rappi with sausage and gnocchi.While this meal takes a few pots and pans it is worth it for the taste! I always make a double batch because it warms up wonderfully and actually tastes better the second day. Just be sure to reheat it gently to avoid overcooking the greens and gnocchi

What you need:

Two large bunches of fresh Rappi. It may be called Rabe, Rappini or Broccoli Rabe in your location. If you have a Wegman’s market near you they have it pre-washed and chopped in the salad section. I used two bags last time to save time.

Gia Russa Mini Gnocchi with Potato, 16 ounces (Pack of 6)

two pounds good bulk sausage. I use the garlic sausage from Pasquale’s Deli in Binghamton. It’s the best…not super greasy and the seasonings are fresh and the meat high quality.

Chicken broth

A good white wine (I used my homemade Sauvignon Blanc)


Crush Red Pepper

Parmigiano Regianno

Olive Oil

Saute about two cloves of chopped garlic with two tablespoons of Olive oil in a large pan over medium low heat. Do not let the garlic brown or it will be bitter. REmove from the heat and add the sausage, and about a 1/2 cup of white wine. I prefer Sauvignon Blanc for this as it adds a lovely sweetness. Cook the sausage over medium heat until browned and cooked through.

When the sausage is just about done, add 3 cups of chicken stock to a large pot and heat to a boil. Add the chopped Rappi to the broth and cook for about three minutes until it is bright green and just wilting. Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon (save your broth you’re not done yet!) and add to the sausage in a large bowl that you can easy toss this huge pile of food in ;)

With the stock still at a gentle boil, add the gnocchi and cook until it just begins to float. This will be maybe a minute so don’t leave it unattended. remove them as the reach the top and place them in the bowl with the sausage and rappi.

Gently toss all the ingredients together, add crushed red pepper and salt and pepper to taste. Served with freshed grated Parmigiano Regianno. Enjoy!

I served this with Susanna’s White from Grand River Cellars. This is a lovely wine with a heart. The wines were created to help bring awareness to Autism in the Cleveland area of Ohio. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Susanna’s White and Austin’s Red benefit the North East Ohio Autism Group. Grand River Cellars releases the wines each year atNEOAG’s gala fundraiser Rock The Puzzle. 2007 was the inaugural event, which was named Cleveland Rocks Autism.

If you are attending this years event (I’ll be there!) Autism Speaks did a nasty and scheduled a completely copy-cat event right before Rock The Puzzle. I think that is pretty a pretty tacky money grab, don’t you? Especially because the NEAOG event was scheduled long before theirs. After pulling nonsense like that, like many of you, I now keep my donations local to my community and prefer to help those in need in my own backyard. Help starts at home with understanding and community support.