Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Pesto Pasta

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I’m not going to lie, it doesn’t look pretty but I PROMISE it tastes amazing!  My kids are not picky broccoli eaters.  They eat it no matter how I cook it.  I lucked out in that department.  To save time, I usually just chop it and steam it as a side dish.  Every so often, you need something that is a bit different. This recipe actually happened as a mistake.  I was trying to make pasta with chunks of the broccoli and to save time and dishes, I cooked the broccoli directly with the pasta.  And I cooked it a bit too long.  Oops!  Things happen; like this amazing dish that turned into more of a broccoli pesto!  I am a huge basil pesto fan but no one else in the family eats it.  More for me I guess.  They had no problem eating this though!  In fact, they went back for seconds.

You can use any type of pasta you wish for this.  I had orecchiette in the pantry so that is what I used.  You just have to make sure you time adding your broccoli correctly.  All pastas have different cooking times.  You will want the pasta al dente but the broccoli on the soft side.  This type of pasta usually cooks to al dente in 14 minutes, so, I added the broccoli with about 10 minutes of cook time left on the orecchiette.

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One of things I love most about this dish is how easy it is!  The pasta and broccoli cook together so you save some time and your hands from the dish water!  You can use which ever chicken sausage your family likes best or you can leave it out all together.  I know there are some brands that make a spicy chicken sausage which would be really good!  As, I have said before, this is my favorite kind.

You could even use chunks of chicken breast if you wish.  I like the flavors that chicken sausage add to dish.  It matches the broccoli well.  The choice is yours! Enjoy!

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Serving Size: 1 Cup

Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Pesto Pasta

5 minPrep Time:

15 minCook Time:

20 minTotal Time:

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Ingredients

  • 1 package Italian chicken sausage, casing removed
  • 12 oz uncooked pasta
  • 6 cups fresh broccoli florets, stems removed
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet and brown the sausage over medium-high, for 5 to 7 minutes; remove from heat.
  3. When the water comes to a rapid boil, add the pasta and bring back to a boil,
  4. Cook pasta for 5 minutes then add the chopped broccoli.
  5. When pasta is al dente, reserve 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside.
  6. Drain pasta and broccoli.
  7. Return the pot to the stove and set heat to medium; add 1 tbsp olive oil.
  8. When oil is hot, add garlic. cooking, about 1 minute.
  9. Reduce the heat to low and add the pasta/broccoli mixture and sausage to the pot. Stir.
  10. Add grated cheese, salt and pepper to taste mixing well and smashing any large pieces of broccoli.
  11. Add 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water and mix well adding the rest if the mixture is too thick.
  12. Serve with additional grated cheese on the side, if desired.

Notes

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Author: Steph Potter

I am a wife and stay at home mother of two adorable little men. I'll spend a small fortune on the right pair of shoes or purse. Sometimes, I don't feel like a "real" adult. Sometimes, I feel like I'm getting old. Often at the same time. This is my space to share weekly dinner menus, healthy recipes, useful cooking tips and my fitness journey. So grab a cup of coffee, a cozy chair and enjoy!

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