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This Vegan Sausage Pasta is made with vegan Italian sausage, tender broccoli rabe, and classic Italian seasonings that highlight the flavors in the dish. All you need is 8 ingredients to recreate this pasta dish at home!

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Growing up in New Jersey, my family enjoyed broccoli rabe and sausage pasta regularly. After I went vegan, my parents adapted the recipe a bit and this vegan sausage pasta was born. We enjoyed this almost weekly when I was living back at home and it always makes me so happy when I make it now on the west coast with Jasmine. It’s one of those easy vegan recipes that will always be classic comfort food.

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Ingredients You’ll Need 

  • Broccoli rabe: Also known as rapini, broccoli rabe is a leafy green vegetable that has long, thin stems with small broccoli-like florets. It tastes similar to other cruciferous vegetables and is commonly found in Italian cuisine. It’s typically found in the produce section of the grocery store and is most abundant between fall and spring.  
  • Pasta: Traditionally, broccoli rabe and vegan sausage pasta is made using orecchiette pasta, but any pasta size or shape will work. We went with rigatoni, but don’t be afraid to use whatever pasta you have on hand. You can even use our Authentic Homemade Vegan Pasta if you want to experience the deliciousness of fresh pasta. 
  • Plant-based sausage: We highly recommend using Beyond Meat Hot Italian Sausage. It added so much flavor to the vegan spicy sausage pasta. If you don’t have access to Beyond Sausage, you can swap it for another Italian-style sausage or vegan sausage crumbles from brands like Gardein or Field Roast. A homemade vegan sausage recipe would probably also be great if you have it! 
  • Aromatics: We kept this vegan pasta recipe simple with garlic cloves, thinly sliced shallot, sun-dried tomatoes, and red pepper flakes. It created the perfect flavor base to the pasta – so much so we found the end result didn’t need any additional sauce. 
  • Vegan parmesan: While optional, we love sprinkling the final dish with a heavy sprinkle of either homemade or store-bought vegan parmesan cheese. If you have raw cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt and pepper on hand, give our Homemade Vegan Parmesan Cheese Recipe a try while you’re at it! 

Equipment Needed

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How to Make Vegan Sausage Pasta

  1. Blanch the broccoli rabe. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, then cook the broccoli rabe in the boiling water for about 1 minute. Drain the broccoli rabe, then immediately transfer it to an ice bath to stop cooking. After 1 minute, remove the broccoli rabe from the ice bath and transfer to a cutting board. Chop into bite-sized pieces, then set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta. Bring another pot of water to a boil, then add the pasta. Cook according to package instructions, or until al dente, then drain without rinsing. 
  3. Brown the vegan sausage. Using a hot, large skillet or pan, add in the sliced sausages and cook until the edges are golden brown and caramelized. Once ready, remove the sausage from the pan and set aside. 
  4. Cook the aromatics. In the same pan, cook the garlic cloves and shallots in the leftover oil from the vegan sausage until fragrant and translucent. Add in the red pepper flakes and cook for about 1 more minute, stirring often to prevent burning. 
  5. Add the remaining pasta ingredients. ​Add in the blanched broccoli rabe, sun-dried tomatoes, vegan sausage, and cooked pasta. Mix well to combine, then season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  6. Serve. Enjoy this vegan sausage pasta with a generous sprinkle of Homemade Vegan Parmesan Cheese or nutritional yeast, a drizzle of olive oil, and chopped parsley. 

Serving Suggestions

This hearty meal makes for a delicious quick dinner, meal prep, or elevated main dish for date night. It’s filling enough to be served on it’s own, but like most of our Vegan Pasta Recipes, pairs well with several vegan side dishes and a glass of your favorite white wine. 

Give it a try with our Vegan Garlic Bread or a slice of our No Knead Bread with a slather of vegan butter. Or, if you’re looking for a lighter side, serve with our Brussels Sprouts Caesar SaladVegan Cobb Salad, or this Grilled Romaine Lettuce

Storage Instructions

Leftover pasta will keep best in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Before storing allow the pasta to cool completely before covering and refrigerating. This will help prevent condensation from building inside of the container and warming up the interior of the fridge. 

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Recipe FAQs

Can I make this pasta gluten-free?

Absolutely! Use your favorite gluten-free pasta and double-check that the vegan sausage you are using is gluten-free friendly. The Beyond Sausage we used is naturally gluten-free, but not all varieties are, so always double-check. 

Can I add a pasta sauce to the recipe?

We made this Italian dish without traditional sauces because we find it helps enhance the flavors in the pasta itself. Plus, the vegan Beyond Meat sausage adds so much flavor. With that being said, you’re more than welcome to add your favorite pasta sauce. If you’re looking for a few vegan options, we’d recommend our Roasted Red Pepper Pasta SauceEasy Homemade Marinara Sauce, or our Alfredo Sauce made with raw cashews and cajun flavors.

What can I substitute the broccoli rabe with?

If you don’t have broccoli rabe on hand or can’t find it in grocery stores near you, replace it with other veggies fresh kale, regular broccoli florets, or baby spinach. 

Do you cut the ends off of broccoli rabe?

Yes, we recommend removing all of the light-colored leaves as well as the bottom 1-inch of the stems. If you are a visual learner, check out this step-by-step tutorial on How to Clean Broccoli Rabe

More Recipes Using Vegan Sausage You May Enjoy: 

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Vegan Sausage Pasta with Broccoli Rabe Recipe

  • Author: Chris @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large servings


This Vegan Sausage Pasta is made with vegan Italian sausage, tender broccoli rabe, and classic Italian seasonings that highlight the flavors in the dish. All you need is 8 ingredients to recreate this pasta dish at home!


  • 1 bunch of broccoli rabe * (see notes)
  • 16 oz. pasta of your choice (gluten-free as needed)
  • 3 plant-based sausages, slices into rounds (we used Beyond Meat Hot Italian Sausage) 
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced 
  • 1 shallot, sliced thin  
  • 7 sundried tomatoes in oil, roughly chopped  
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Optional: 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (we used Violife; or opt for homemade)


  1. Prepare the broccoli rabe by removing the light-colored leaves as well as the bottom portion of the stems  (about 1-inch off of the bottom). 
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl.
  3. Add a pinch of salt to the boiling water and then blanch broccoli rabe for about 1 minute. Drain the broccoli rabe and immediately add it to the ice bath for 1 minute. Drain and transfer the broccoli rabe to a cutting board. Cut the stems into bit sized pieces and set aside.
  4. Bring another medium pot of water to boil and prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain and do not rinse. 
  5. In a separate pan, add in  the vegan sausages and cook until caramelized and browned. Remove the sausage from the pan and set aside. In the same pan in the leftover oil from the sausage, add in the garlic and shallots and sauté until fragrant and translucent. Add in the red pepper flakes snd cook for about 1 minute more, stirring often.
  6. Add in the broccoli rabe, sun-dried tomatoes, vegan sausage and cooked pasta. Mix ingredients through until fully combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  7. Allow the mixture to cook for a minute or two more on low heat, stirring often, until everything is warmed through. 
  8. Serve with a generous sprinkle of both vegan parmesan cheese and parsley. Enjoy!  


  • Avoid broccoli rabe with yellow leaves and/or flowers. The florets turn yellow as they age, which is sign that the broccoli rabe is past its prime.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Italian, Pasta, Entree
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: pasta, Italian, broccoli rabe, vegan, sausage, entree, dinner, valentine’s day

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  1. I followed the recipe without substitutions and it was delish! Thank you – I love broccoli rabe but have never cooked it at home! I will be making this often.

  2. This was a great recipe. I made it tonight. I added cauliflower and the fourth sausage from the package. Loved it. Thank you again..

  3. This is good (I load it with garlic) but I enjoy using white beans instead of pasta for a change.