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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


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! 


  • 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


  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.


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

Keywords: pasta, easy dinner