Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli is one of my favorite weeknight pasta dishes, a real crowd-pleaser, and my husband even goes back for seconds. This is the only way I can get Madison to eat broccoli, I cook the pasta and broccoli at the same time all in the same pot, which creates a pesto-like broccoli sauce the kids can’t pick out (trust me, it’s so good!).
But what I really love about this dish is that it’s ready in less than 20 minutes, and makes enough for leftovers (an easy lunch for Madison which I pack in her thermos) I personally like to add some crushed red pepper flakes to my bowl, up to you!
Here’s a video to shot you just how easy this dish is!
Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli
Prep Time: 5mins
Cook Time: 15mins
Total Time: 20mins
Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli is one of my favorite weeknight pasta dishes, a real crowd-pleaser, and my husband even goes back for seconds. This is the only way I can get Madison to eat broccoli, I cook the pasta and broccoli at the same time all in the same pot, which creates a pesto-like broccoli sauce the kids can't pick out (trust me, it's so good!).
14ozpackage Italian chicken sausage, casing removed
12ozuncooked pasta, or brown rice or quinoa pasta for gluten-free
6 1/2cupsfresh broccoli florets, no stems (16 oz)
5clovesgarlic, smashed and chopped
1/4cupgrated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
2tbspolive oil, divided
kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
Meanwhile heat a large nonstick skillet and brown the sausage over medium-high, breaking it up as it cooks with a wooden spoon until browned, 5 to 7 minutes; remove from heat.
When the water boils, add the pasta and bring back to a boil, when the water is boiling, add broccoli and cook according to pasta instructions for al dente.
When pasta is almost done cooking, reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside. Drain pasta and broccoli.
Return the pot to the stove and set heat to high; add 1 tbsp olive oil, when hot, add garlic. Cook until golden, about 1 minute, reduce flame to low and add pasta back to the pot with the sausage.
Mix well, add remaining olive oil, grated cheese, salt and pepper to taste mixing well and smashing any large pieces of broccoli to break up.
Add 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water and mix well adding more if needed.
Serve in pasta bowls with additional grated cheese on the side, if desired.
Hi, I’m Gina Homolka, a busy mom of two girls, author and recipe developer here at Skinnytaste.com. My food philosophy is to eat seasonal, whole foods and maintain good portion control (everything in moderation!).