Sausage, Tomato, and Broccolini Pasta

Sausage, Tomato, and Broccolini Pasta

This has a modern update using broccolini instead of broccoli because it’s less bitter, Beans included for more fiber, and a less fatty sausage for fewer calories. But it’s still has all the richness and comfort of the original. This is a must – cook recipe in my opinion!


Sausage, Tomato and Broccolini Pasta
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Incredibly satisfying! This is so classically Italian it even includes the colors of the Italian flag.
Recipe type: Main dish
Cuisine: Cali-Italian
Serves:: 6
  • 3 T Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1lb tube Mild Pork Sausage (about 2 cups)
  • 4-5 medium plum tomatoes, trimmed and chopped
  • ½ t Dried oregano
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper (1/16th of a teaspoon)
  • 1 15oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed, drained
  • ½ t Kosher sea salt, or to taste + 2 T for pasta water
  • ¼ t Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz. Orecchiette, radiatore or other short pasta (2 cups dry)
  • 1 pound broccolini, stem ends trimmed, rinsed and cut into 1½-inch pieces (4 C trimmed)
  • ¼ C freshly grated Aged Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese
  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil for cooking pasta.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over low heat.
  3. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant but not colored, about 1 minute.
  4. In a large skillet cook sausage, breaking it into bite-sized pieces over medium heat until no pink is visible.
  5. Add tomatoes, oregano and crushed red pepper; cover.
  6. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes start to break down and release their juices, 5 to 10 minutes. Add beans, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until heated through.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Meanwhile, cook pasta in the boiling water (salted with 2 T) for 6 minutes.
  9. Add broccolini and cook until the pasta is just tender and the broccolini is tender, 4 to 5 minutes more. Reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid, drain the pasta and broccolini and place in a large bowl.
  10. Add the tomato and sausage mixture and the reserved cooking liquid; toss to coat.
  11. The dish should be slightly soupy.
  12. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.


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