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Pasta with Broccoli and Sausage

Categories: Cooking, Food, summer living


Can you ever have too many pasta recipes?  No, I think not. 

How do I love thee pasta? Let me count the ways.

Pasta is quick and inexpensive.  It doesn’t require you to use the oven and heat up the house. Adding different sauces can change the entire taste of the dish.  Also, since pasta is such a familiar food, kids are  usually more willing to try it.


This recipe uses broccoli and tomatoes, both of which are in season now.

1lb of pasta, I chose penne
1 package (approx eight) spicy Italian sausage links (chicken, turkey, pork…whatever you prefer)
1 pt grape tomatoes, cut in half
olive oil
freshly grated romano or parmesan cheese

Step 1:
Slice the sausage into discs. Brown them in a large skillet, takes about 8 minutes or so.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I grilled my sausages and then sliced them because I was prepping the food earlier in the day and trying to keep the time I spend cooking at 9pm to a minimum. I then added them already cooked to the tomatoes.)

Step 2: Slice your grape tomatoes in half and toss them into the skillet. They will take about 5 minutes to warm and soften up.


Please notice that I am cooking on a propane camping stove, because I still am in the middle of a kitchen remodel. It is a miracle that my children are not eating PB&J and cold cereal for every meal. I think I deserve some sort of award.


Step 3: Cook your pasta according to the directions.

Step 4: You can steam your broccoli, my preferred cooking method. Or you can toss your broccoli florets into the boiling water with the pasta, my lazy assed cooking method. They only need to be in the boiling water a few minutes. Once they are done, bright green still slightly crunchy, scoop them out with a slotted spoon and put them in the skillet with the sausage and tomatoes.


Step 5: When pasta is finished cooking, drain it and return it to the pot. Dump the contents of the skillet into the pot along with the pasta. Pour in a bit of your extra virgin olive oil and stir well.

Step 6: Serve into bowls grate cheese on top.


It really doesn’t look so yellow in real life. That is just my horrible kitchen lighting at 9:30 pm.

All of my kids loved this dish. And not just because they had been starved and then at football practice for hours. No, even the lazy couch sitters loved it.


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9 comments so far...

  • We do a dish like this, too, but have used orecchiette pasta in the past. I have also taken the sausage out of the casing or bought it in a patty and cooked it like hamburger, too.

    In spirit of your chicken with salsa in a crock pot recipe you posted before, I threw four frozen chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) in the crockpot yesterday at noon (I was running late) and went to grab the salsa. No luck - where the heck did it go?! So I grabbed a jar of spaghetti sauce instead, poured it in, set it to high and 4-5 hours later we had shredded chicken spaghetti sauce! It came out very good for being so easy and quick to do. My husband asked what I added besides the sauce and the answer was nothing! Salsa’s on the shopping list, though, as I want taco/burrito filling!

    Jamie AZ  |  August 7th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

  • You and your awesome carnivore recipes are making me reconsider my vegetarianism.

    Chris says: I have a great vegetarian, vegan even, recipe coming next week. Thought of you when I made it :-)

    Kristin D  |  August 8th, 2008 at 7:49 am

  • Nom nom nom. Running out to get Italian sausage now!

    Brigitte  |  August 8th, 2008 at 9:07 am

  • Funny. We just made this exact dish earlier this week. I thought I was being lazy, but now that you’ve posted almost the exact same recipe, I somehow feel gourmet! I often use chicken apple sausage in mine. I’m sure that creates a totally different flavor, but also yummy!

    Stacey  |  August 9th, 2008 at 2:02 am

  • ha kristin D! i was jsut thinking mm this would work with that boca FAKE sausage! :) or hell just skip the sausage and add zuchini!

    hmm i think maybe i am just hungry? Very excited about the upcoming veg*n recipe!!

    chris - i think you should win a award for feeding kids PB&J during a kitchen remodel much less cooking!

    Kate  |  August 11th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

  • I’m making something like this tonight…only with peppers & onion instead of broccoli since that would immediately get disapproval from most of the family. We’ll see how it goes though.

    Jenni  |  August 12th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

  • this is looking better to me than taco bell tonight….just wish it didn’t take so many pots!

    Courtenay  |  August 16th, 2008 at 11:56 pm

  • Thank you for this recipe! My family loves sausage and everyone liked it! My kids are 8,6,3 & 10 mo (my baby liked veggies). I added yellow crook-neck squash and a little garlic powder too. This will be a new addition to my fast and easy staples.

    Brooke  |  August 28th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

  • My husband has fallen in love with this recipe, and has asked me to make it at least once a week for the past month. I’ve made it with italian sausage, polska kielbasa, mild link sausages, and more. I’ve used multiple different kinds of pasta too - farfalle, rotini, spirals, tricolor, penne, etc. He just LOVES it.

    Sadie  |  September 15th, 2008 at 5:55 pm