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Whole Wheat Pasta with Broccoli and Chicken Sausage | via

Pasta with Broccoli and Chicken Sausage

  • Author: Laura Bolton - Fork Knife Swoon
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Pasta
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: American


A quick & easy recipe for pasta with broccoli and chicken sausage, a healthy, flavorful, and comforting dinner ready in 30 minutes.


  • 1/2 lb uncooked whole wheat penne pasta ¹
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 medium yellow or sweet onion, minced
  • 4 (3 oz) links cooked/smoked chicken sausage, sliced
  • 1 bunch broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces ²
  • 3 oz Parmesan cheese, finely grated, plus more for serving
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta al dente, according to package directions (about 11 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-heat, until the butter is melted and the oil just begins to shimmer.
  3. Add the garlic and onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until just softened, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped sausage to the skillet, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes.
  5. During the last two minutes of cooking, add the chopped broccoli to the pasta pot. Drain, reserving about 1/4 cup of pasta water.
  6. Add the drained pasta, broccoli, and reserved pasta water to the skillet with the sausage. Stir to combine.
  7. Add the Parmesan, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm with an extra dusting of Parmesan. Enjoy!


¹ Make it gluten-free: Switch out the pasta for a gluten-free version. My favorite by far is Jovial brown rice pasta, which tastes as much like the “real” thing as any I’ve tried.

² You can also substitute broccolini (sometimes labeled as young or baby broccoli), broccoli rabe, or another favorite green for the broccoli.

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