This Orecchiette Pasta with Sausage and Baby Broccoli is one of my favorite pasta recipes because it has everything going for it. The kick of the spicy sausage, the freshness of the baby broccoli, and of course lots of freshly grated parmesan cheese.
I use Orecchiette pasta for this recipe I find these other pasta work well with sausage too!
- Penne Pasta
- Bow-Tie Pasta
- Fusili Pasta
- Shell Pasta
How-To Cook Sweet Italian Sausage with Pasta
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STEP#1: Boil the Pasta
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil your pasta according to package instructions. Cook the pasta until al dente. Otherwise, if it’s overcooked it will fall apart and get a bit too mushy.
TIP: To get more flavor from your pasta be sure to salt your pasta water. Italians will say the water should “taste like the sea!” In case that helps.
STEP#2: Cook the Italian Sausage
Remove the sweet Italian sausage from its casings.
TIP: If serving this to children I use the sweet Italian sausage and serve red pepper flakes on the side. Since this dish is really great with a little bit of a kick.
But if spiciness is not an issue, then use the hot Italian sausage.
Cook the sausage in a little olive oil on medium-high heat, cutting it up with a wooden spoon and browning on all sides.
Remove sausage with a slotted spoon once it’s cooked through. Allow the sausage to drain on paper towels while you prep the sauce.
STEP#3: Make the Sauce
Deglaze the pan with white wine, and simmer until slightly reduced. Add the chicken broth and reduce it by a third. If you don’t drink, you can omit the wine and just add all chicken broth.
Add in the sausage and the baby broccoli and cook the broccoli just for 1-2 mins until bright green. You don’t want to overcook it or it will lose its color along with a lot of its nutrients!
This time of year you can find the baby broccoli in the markets and I love to use it for weeknight meals because it cooks up so quickly and can also be easier for the little ones to chew.
But if you can’t find the baby broccoli you certainly could use regular broccoli too!
Other Vegetables for Pasta with Sausage
If you are not a fan of broccoli you could also add some spinach or peppers.
How To Make Pasta with Sausage and Spinach
- In place of the broccoli add 2 cups of washed, baby spinach. Cook the spinach in the sauce until wilted and then continue with the recipe as directed
How To Make Pasta with Sausage and Peppers
- Before cooking the sausage, sautee 1 cup of mixed bell peppers in 1 tbsp of olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Once the peppers are tender, transfer them to a bowl and set aside.
- Add the peppers in the sauce in place of the baby broccoli and continue as directed
Or you can also skip the pasta and just make a low-carb Sausage and Peppers dinner too!
If you have any leftover sausage you could also use it for my Sausage and White Bean Soup later in the week.
STEP#4: Toss the Pasta with the Sausage
Add cooked pasta to the sausage and broccoli. Turn to coat the mixture with sauce. Then add some freshly grated parmesan cheese and turn to coat.
Transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl, top with a little more cheese and freshly chopped Italian parsley and red pepper flakes (if using the mild Italian sausage).
You can serve your cheese in this beautiful wooden cheese grater found in my shop (this link goes to Amazon where I am compensated on products sold at no cost to the consumer)
Such a lovely piece to bring to the table alongside the pasta!
I hope you enjoy this Orecchiette Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli! You’ll find it also makes for great leftovers the next day!
MORE PASTA RECIPES!
- Easy Baked Mac and Cheese
- Homemade Lasagna
- Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce and Sage
- Spinach Ravioli with Sautéed Veggies
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- 1 lb (450g) Orecchiette Pasta
- 2 tsp (10 ml) olive oil
- 1 lb (450g) Italian Pork Sausage (mild or hot) removed from their casings
- 3 cups (700ml) baby broccoli, or broccolini or rapini
- ¼ cup (60 ml) white wine
- 2 cups (480ml) chicken broth
- ½ cup (45g) freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp (15ml) Italian parsley, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- red pepper flakes (optional)
- Boil pasta according to package instructions.
- In a large sauté pan heat olive oil, cook sausage, cutting up with a wooden spoon and browning on all sides. Cook until cooked through.
- Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Pour oil out of pan, but leave any drippings in the pan.
- Deglaze pan with wine, simmer until slightly reduced add chicken broth and reduce by 1/3.
- Add in sausage and baby broccoli cook broccoli just for 1-2 mins until bright green.
- Drain pasta, add pasta to sausage and broccoli. Turn to coat with sauce. Add cheese and turn to coat.
- Transfer to a large serving bowl, top with a little more cheese and freshly chopped Italian parsley and red pepper flakes (if using mild Italian sausage)
- Makes for great leftovers!
If you can't find orecchiette pasta you could also use penne, fusilli, bow-tie or shell pasta.
If serving this to children I use the sweet Italian sausage and serve red pepper flakes on the side. Since this dish is really great with a little bit of a kick. But if spiciness is not an issue, then use the hot Italian sausage.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g