Pasta with Sausage and Broccolini

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Pasta with Sausage and Broccolini is a crowd-pleasing dinner recipe. Not only is it filling, but it's also simple to make and covers your carb, protein and veggie servings all in one bowl! 


  • 16 ounces medium sized macaroni shells
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 16 ounces mild Italian chicken sausage 
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 8 ounces fresh broccolini (about 12 stalks)
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Optional: red pepper flakes


  1. Cook the pasta shells in salted boiling water according to package instructions.  Drain and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium-low heat in a medium-sized sauté pan.  Add the Italian chicken sausage to the pan.  If the sausage is in casings, simply squeeze the sausage out of the casing. 
  3. Using a spatula, break up the sausage into small pieces while it is cooking.  Cook until no pink remains, about 5-7 minutes.  
  4. Add the minced garlic to the sausage and cook for an additional minute.  
  5. Lay the broccolini on top of the cooked sausage, cover the pan with a tight fitting lid, and let the broccolini steam until tender, about 6-8 minutes.  
  6. Remove the broccolini and sausage from the heat.  Remove the broccolini from the pan and set aside.  Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken sausage to the stock pot with the cooked pasta.  Add the ricotta cheese and the parmesan cheese to the pasta and sausage.  
  7. Mix the pasta, ricotta, parmesan and sausage together, until well combined.  
  8. Transfer the pasta to serving bowls.  Serve each bowl of pasta topped with the broccolini and a pinch of red pepper flakes (if desired).  


  • Only add the red pepper flakes if you like the extra heat!  
  • If your sausage is in casings, simply squeeze the sausage out of the casings and straight into the hot sauté pan. 
  • Reheat leftover pasta in the microwave for a minute at a time, until desired warmth is reached.  You may need to add extra ricotta cheese when reheating to make the pasta creamy again.  

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