Broccoli Rabe and Fennel with Sweet Italian Sausage

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Ingredients:
1 Tb olive oil
1 green garlic
1 fennel bulb (tops cut off & sliced)
1 bunch broccoli rabe (rinsed, cut into thirds)
1 tsp crushed red pepper
dash of salt
3 links of sweet Italian sausage

(Minutes to prepare 5)
(Minutes to Cook 20)

(Adapted from Spark Recipes Broccoli Rabe & Fennel)

1.) Cook sausage and slice into small segments.
2.) Heat large skillet on medium heat; add Olive Oil and Garlic. Stir 30 seconds – 1 minute, until fragrant.
3.) Trim the Fennel Bulb of the tops and trim bottom. Cut into slices. Saute, turning frequently unti soft- about 5 – 7 min.
4.) Add Broccoli Rabe and cover to steam just about 5 – 7 minutes until leaves are bright green and stems are tender.
5.) Uncover and sprinkle red pepper flakes and salt to taste before serving.
6.) Mix in sliced sausage pieces.

The flavor was great, especially the fennel, which I had never cooked before. I think the broccoli Rabe was the weak link, mostly because the stalks were kind of stringy and got stuck in our teeth. I might chop the stems up in smaller segments if I were to make this again.

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