T has a few staple meals that are go tos when she is tired or does not feel like making a complicated meal. Bonus points if the recipe is easy enough for her husband to help, or even do it for her if she’s running late.
It can be tricky to find meals that take little time and virtually no effort, but they can be found! This gem we’re posting about today is a dish T designed by combining elements from several different pasta dishes. Caution: It is a little spicy, but can be modified to reduce that.
T feels like pasta has gotten a bad rap these days because nobody wants carbs. LOL jk. Everybody wants carbs, but avoids them because they aren’t diet friendly. #disagree Pasta can be your friend and it’s filling! This particular recipe is great because you can fill it with vegetables and meat, get a little pasta to satisfy that craving, and not walk away feeling weighed down.
Today’s recipe includes broccoli, spicy italian sausage, red pepper flakes, Parmesan and the basics. Ways to modify:
Meats: sub chicken breast, shrimp, or tofu (for M)
Vegetables: sub or add, broccolini, brussel sprouts, zucchini, spinach
Add ins: pine nuts, panko bread crumbs,
This dish is super user friendly, so you can adjust the ingredients to fit your particular tastes or cravings. For instance, I will often use a splash of garlic infused olive oil, which gives you a little garlic flavor without the chunks of garlic that make your breath smell bad. 🙂
Pasta with Broccoli & Italian Sausage
4 Tbsp. Salt
1 box of pasta (orecchiette is T’s fav)
1/4 C. + 2 Tbsp Olive Oil (divided)
1 Head of Broccoli (or bag of frozen broccoli)
1/2 – 1 Lb. Spicy Italian Sausage
1 Tbsp. Red Pepper Flakes
1 tsp. Black Pepper
1/3 C. Parmesan
Step 1: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add in the salt. Then add the pasta and cook until al dente.
Step 2: While the pasta is cooking, use one tablespoon of your olive oil and saute your broccoli on low-medium heat until tender (3-5 minutes). When done move broccoli to a bowl.
Step 3: Use the 2nd tablespoon of olive oil and the same pan as the broccoli. Cook the sausage on medium heat until browned. Use a spatula to break your sausage into desired chunks. Once browned, return the broccoli to the pan and continue to cook on low until sausage is cooked through (5-7 minutes).
Step 4: When Pasta is done, drain the pasta and return it to the pan. Pour in the remaining 1/4 C. of olive oil and add the spices. mix until well combined. Then add your vegetables and sausage to the pan. Mix.
Step 5: Add the Parmesan either directly into the pan, or scoop the pasta into serving dish and top with the Parmesan.
This meal takes no more than 30 minutes, and is delicious!