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Pasta with Italian Sausage and Broccoli

Fresh broccoli florets, browned Italian sausage and pasta make this pasta dish one the whole family will love. All you need is about 30 minutes to have this meal on the table and ready to eat. 

Pasta with Italian Sausage and Broccoli in a white bowl

Ingredients for Pasta with Italian Sausage and Broccoli

This pasta recipe only uses 7 simple ingredients making it perfect for a weeknight dinner the entire family will love. This easy to make recipe is sure to become a go-to recipe. For this recipe you will need: 

  • pasta, any shape 
  • Italian ground sausage
  • fresh garlic
  • fresh broccoli florets or 1 bag of frozen broccoli florets 
  • olive oil 
  • Parmesan cheese, optional
  • fresh ground black pepper  

See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe instructions and ingredient amounts.

Pasta with Italian Sausage and Broccoli in a large pot

How to Make Pasta with Italian Sausage and Broccoli

This easy pasta recipe will be ready in about 30 minutes! To start, chop broccoli florets into small bite-sized pieces and set aside. Then, bring a large pot of salted water to boil on the stove. Once water boils, add the pasta and cook pasta until al dente according to package instructions. Drain pasta and add two tablespoons of olive oil. Stir to coat pasta. 

While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, heat two tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground sausage and break it up into smaller pieces. Cook the sausage until browned. Once the sausage is browned, add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes before removing from the heat. 

If using regular broccoli, place broccoli in a bowl and cover with water. Cook in the microwave in 2 minute intervals until broccoli is tender. If using frozen broccoli cook according to package directions. Set cooked broccoli aside until pasta and sausage are ready. 

?Finally, after the pasta, sausage and broccoli are cooked combine everything in the large pot with the pasta. Stir to combine well and serve with parmesan cheese and ground black pepper. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this recipe be made gluten free or dairy free?

Absolutely! This simple dish is easy to make gluten free. Make sure to check all of your ingredients to make sure they are gluten free and use your favorite type of gluten free pasta. To make this particular recipe dairy free skip the parmesan cheese or use your favorite dairy free alternative. 

?Does it matter what kind of sausage I use for this recipe? 

We prefer to use sweet Italian sausage however hot italian sausage can be used. You can also try chicken sausage or turkey sausage if you prefer. No matter which type of sausage you use you are sure to have a delicious meal. 

?How can I make this pasta dish spicy?

?Sprinkle red pepper flakes over the pasta as desired to make it spicy or use spicy italian sausage for this recipe. 

How do I store leftovers?

Before storing the leftovers make sure they are cooled completely. Then, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Pasta with Italian Sausage and Broccoli

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Pasta with Italian Sausage and Broccoli in a white bowl

Pasta with Italian Sausage and Broccoli

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Fresh broccoli florets, browned Italian sausage and pasta make this pasta dish one the whole family will love. All you need is about 30 minutes to have this meal on the table and ready to eat. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta, any shape
  • 1 pound Italian ground sausage
  • 3 cups of fresh broccoli florets or 1 bag of frozen broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Chop broccoli florets into small bite-sized pieces and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil on the stove. When the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente according to package instructions.
  3. Drain pasta and add two tablespoons of olive oil. Stir to coat pasta. 
  4. While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, heat two tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat.
  5. Add the ground sausage to the skillet and break it up into small pieces. Cook the sausage until browned.
  6. Once the sausage is browned, add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes before removing from the heat. 
  7. Place broccoli in a bowl and cover with water. Cook in the microwave in 2 minute intervals until broccoli is tender. If using frozen broccoli cook according to package directions. 
  8. After the pasta, sausage and broccoli are cooked combine everything in the large pot with the pasta.
  9. Stir to combine well and serve with parmesan cheese and ground black pepper. 

Notes

See FAQ's for more information.

Make with any types of pasta from orecchiette pasta to spaghetti.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 674mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 16g

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