Monday, February 28, 2011

Pasta with Broccoli and Sausage

This is one of those easy meals that taste great while you spend virtually no time at all in the kitchen.

1/2 pound of uncooked pasta.  I used farfalle.
1 whole link of smoked turkey sausage. Use whatever you like and however much you like
a pound of broccoli florets
Parmesan cheese
Crushed red pepper
Salt and Pepper

This entire recipe is add whatever you like how ever much you like.  I used less pasta and used a lot more broccoli and sausage.  Cook the pasta according to package.  I usually throw in the broccoli into the boiling water two minutes prior to the pasta being done. Reserve about a cup of the cooking liquid.  Drain everything thoroughly.  In a large saucepan, heat a little olive oil and add the garlic -- finely chopped.  Add the chopped up sausage and saute until crisp. Add the drained pasta and broccoli. Toss everything together and add the Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper.   If you need more "sauce" for the pasta, start add the reserved cooking liquid a little at at time, until you get the desired consistency.  You can add as much cheese and seasonings as you like.  Salt and pepper to taste.  That's it!


  1. when you use turkey sausage, do you leave it in the casing?

  2. i have a chef friend who makes this recipe with broccoli raabe and chicken sausage from trader joes. it's delicious. was Lidia from Italy's show your inspiration?

  3. I leave the casing on since I used a fully cooked sausage. The times I use raw sausage, I do remove the casing.

    This is a recipe I winged one day when I was starving and "had absolutely nothing in the fridge". Broccoli rabe sounds like it would be awesome in this dish!