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Perfectly Baked Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Is there anything better than baked pasta for dinner? Especially on a cold, fall night. Dig into this perfectly baked casserole that’s loaded with broccoli rabe and sausage.

What You’ll Need

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  • chunky pasta of your choice (I love bell shapes; see above for details)  ( 1 pound )
  • broccoli rabe (see above for options), stems and leaves cut into 1-inch segments  ( 1 bundle )
  • Italian sausage (sweet or spicy pork or chicken), casings removed  ( 1 pound )
  • grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese  ( 2/3 cup )
  • mozzarella, cut into small cubes  ( 6 ounces )
  • milk, full fat is ideal  ( 2 cups )
  • unsalted butter  ( 4 tablespoons )
  • all-purpose flour  ( 1/4 cup )
  • table salt  ( 1/2 teaspoon )
  • freshly ground black pepper 
  • garlic, minced  ( 2 cloves )
  • fresh nutmeg  ( Few gratings )
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