Spicy Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Soup
1 lb. (500 g.) spicy Italian sausages
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 large yell0w onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
6 cups (48 fl. oz./1.5 l.) chicken broth
1/2 bunch broccoli rabe, tough stems peeled, cut into 3/4-inch (2-cm.) pieces
2 Tbs. tomato paste
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Grated pecorino cheese for serving
In a frying pan, cook the sausages over medium heat, turning occasionally, until golden brown and cooked all the way through, about 15 minutes. Let cool, then cut into slices 1/4-inch (6 mm.) thick. Set aside.
In a large, heavy pot, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the broth and ring to a boil. Add the broccoli rabe, tomato paste and sliced sausage, adjust the heat to maintain a simmer, and cook, uncovered, until the broccoli rabe is tender, 7-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve, topped with grated cheese. Serves 4-6.