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.
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!