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Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli (30 Minutes)

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Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli is an easy, 30 minute dinner that the whole family will love. Five simple ingredients is all this flavorful dish needs! 

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Pasta is becoming one of my favorite meals. Scratch that. Pasta IS one of my favorite meals. Why? Meals like this Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli just make so much sense.

  • Easy (most varieties cook in less than 10 minutes!)
  • Healthy (every meal needs a carb/starch component)
  • Affordable (it’s a cheap base for a meal)
  • Endlessly customizable (soooo many different meals, cuisines, and directions you can go in with pasta)

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli

And given the many pasta recipes on myeverydaytable.com, it should come as no surprise! I’ve got pasta dishes like Easy Baked Ziti, Easy Udon Noodle Stir Fry, and Spaghetti Cupcakes, but this Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli is based off of my Kale and Sausage Pasta recipe. I love the kale version because the sausage adds so much flavor that the dish doesn’t need much in addition to it. It was time for a similar version, but with broccoli!

One of the ways to keep pasta meals quick is to include all of the standard meal components (starch, protein, fat, flavor) in one bowl, which is what I’ve done here. Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli has all of the components you need for a quick and easy meal, and it comes together in 30 minutes – perfect for weeknight dinners.

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli: Sausage Varieties to Use

You have a few different options when it comes to sausage for this Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli. I personally like a little heat in my sausage so I usually look for a hot Italian sausage. If you or your family doesn’t like spice, try a mild version! You can use turkey Italian sausage instead of a pork variety, but because it’s a little leaner, you may need an extra drizzle of olive oil while cooking the sausage and right before serving.

Look for Italian sausage that doesn’t have casing (so it isn’t in links) as it’s easy and ready-to-use. If you can’t find it, just slice open the casing with a sharp knife, and remove the sausage and discard the casing.

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli: Pasta Varieties to Use

This recipe calls for orecchiette which means little ears, and is pronounced “oh-reck-ee-ET-tay.” I just discovered that I’ve been saying it wrong all along, but I’ll say it like an Italian from here on out! You should be able to find orecchiette at any grocery store, or you can order it from amazon. You can also use a medium shell pasta.

Don’t forget to tag me (@myeverydaytable or #myeverydaytable) when you make this Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli! I LOVE to see your creations. 

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli (5 Ingredient, 30 Minute Dinner)

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Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli (30 Minutes)

  • Author: Emily
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Italian
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Description

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli is an easy, 30 minute dinner that the whole family will love. Five simple ingredients is all this flavorful dish needs! 


Ingredients

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  • 16 oz. broccoli florets (about 2 small crowns)
  • 3/4 lb. orecchiette pasta
  • 16 oz. raw Italian sausage
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • optional: olive oil, red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Prep broccoli: clean and trim broccoli. Chop florets into small pieces.
  2. Cook pasta as directed on package, but take off heat 2 minutes early. BE SURE TO RESERVE 1/2 CUP PASTA WATER.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil to large sauté pan. When it’s hot, add sausage to pan, breaking up with the back of a spatula or spoon. Cook for about 5-6 minutes, until browned.
  4. Add chopped broccoli and garlic to pan, tossing everything together. Cook for about 5-6 minutes, until broccoli has softened.
  5. When pasta is finished cooking, add drained pasta to pan, along with 1/4 of the pasta water.
  6. Toss everything together and add extra pasta water if mixture seems dry.
  7. Serve with parmesan, a drizzle of olive oil, and extra salt and pepper if desired.

Notes

  • Get your kids involved. They can: add parmesan to their bowl of pasta.

Keywords: pasta, easy dinner

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  1. Sarah

    My entire family loves this dish! By request, it’s in our meal rotation at least every other week. Thank you for this quick, easy and healthy weeknight dinner for busy families!