October 9, 2015

Sausage and Broccoli Pasta

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School is back in session and the long, relaxing days of summer are gone! That means rushing kids to activities, helping with homework and finding time to get some housework done. I have the perfect weeknight meal that will be on the table in less than 20 minutes. Even better, your family will LOVE this. I have a seriously picker eater in my house, and she regularly requests this pasta dish.

It literally takes just about as long to just boil the pasta and mix in a few ingredients; perfect for back-to-school seasons or any other busy time in your life! Also, if you like this recipe, check out the other recipes on my blog, Christen in the Kitchen.



  • 1 lb. ShopRite short-cut pasta (I used penne)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ShopRite Italian sweet sausage
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups ShopRite low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
  • 3 tbsp. butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta until about a minute underdone (it will continue cooking when you add it to the hot broth and sausage).
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook sausage for about 10 minutes until browned. Break up the sausage with a spoon while its cooking. Add broth and red pepper and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir in the butter and Parmesan and cook uncovered for a minute or 2.
  3. Toss the pasta with the sausage mixture. Top with any extra cheese.


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