Whole Wheat Penne with Spicy Sausage and Broccoli

17 06 2013

I saw a fabulous sausage and broccoli stoup (thicker than a soup but thinner than a stew) recipe from Rachel Ray that I eventually want to try. I love getting creative with other people’s recipes…so on this warm June night, I turned Rachel’s stoup into a delicious pasta dish of my own!

Whole Wheat Penne with Spicy Sausage and Broccoli

Whole Wheat Penne with Spicy Sausage and Broccoli

The following serves 4-6:

  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into bite-size florets
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 package hot Italian turkey sausage (or mild), casings removed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • Low-sodium beef stock (or chicken stock)
  • 1 large can (28 oz) stewed, whole or diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 box whole wheat penne
  • Parmesan cheese, grated

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook to al dente according to the package. In the last 3 minutes, add the broccoli and continue to boil. Drain pasta and broccoli.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, crumbling and breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned, 5 minutes or so. Stir in the onion and garlic and cook until softened, another 5 minutes. Season with the nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste.

This Girl’s extra tip: Add a little chicken or beef stock, whatever you have on hand, to deglaze the bottom of the pan (two or so good turns of the pan) and scrape up any brown bits on the bottom. This will give a little more depth to the sauce.

Next add the tomatoes and their juices (if using whole tomatoes like me, be sure to break up the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon). Add the white beans and return to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste sauce and season with salt if needed.

Finally, add the cooked pasta and broccoli to the sauce, stirring well over low heat for a minute. Don’t add all the pasta and broccoli at once, at a little at a time, continuing to stir until most of the liquid in the sauce has been absorbed.

Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.




2 responses

17 06 2013

Sounds amazing! Defiantly going to try it!


17 06 2013
Victoria Rothacker

This pasta has loads of flavor, I highly recommend it!


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