Pasta With Chicken Sausage and Broccoli
photo by Baby Kato
- Ready In:
- Cut broccoli into 3 inch pieces, discarding stems.
- Blanch broccoli in a large pot of boiling water until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Before draining, reserve 1 cup of broccoli water.
- Drain and rinse broccoli with cold water. Drain on towel.
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- While pasta is cooking, place 2 tablespoons of water into cold skillet with garlic and sausage and then turn to medium low heat.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is golden and sausage is cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Pour reserved broccoli water into pan with sausage.
- When pasta is cooked, drain it and place it back in the pot and season with salt.
- Pour sausage over pasta and stir in broccoli.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Garnish with bread crumbs and/or cheese.
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Wonderful and easy!! I omitted the breadcrumbs and added 1 tsp. red pepper flakes, chopped sun-dried tomatoes and a splash of balsamic vinegar! I browned the sausage in 1 tbs. olive oil then added the garlic and used the broccoli water to deglaze the pan which really added to the flavor of the dish. I'll definitely be making this again! Thanks!
I gave this 4 stars. My family thinks is very good. I watched this made on Cooking Thin and had to make it. My family loved it. I changed it a bit. I use bowtie pasta, frozen broccoli, and Hillshires Farms or sweet italian sausage. I make it as directed otherwise. I've made this without the water and it still is just as good. My 5 yrs old newphew loves the bowtie pasta in this as he calls it "little butterflys" and will eat this with no problems. Thanks for posting a really good recipe. Christine (internetnut)
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