4 sweet Italian Brown Boar sausages (about 1 pound), grilled and coarsely chopped into small pieces
1 pound penne
1 bunch broccoli rabe, washed, stems trimmed, and coarsely chopped
4 cloves roasted garlic, smashed
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt, return to a boil and add penne. Cook until al dente according to the package directions. Drain and set aside. In a large steamer set over boiling water, steam broccoli rabe, covered until tender, about 5 minutes. Take broccoli rabe out of steamer and set aside. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat and then add smashed garlic and broccoli rabe. Cook, stirring, about 30 seconds. Add the chopped sausage to the skillet along with the strained penne and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir to combine, sprinkling the final dish with olive oil if pasta seems too dry. If desired, grate fresh Parmesan cheese over individual dishes and serve immediately. Add course salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.