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Broccoli Pasta with Sausage Recipe (Italian)- on a plate with a fork.

Broccoli Pasta with Sausage Recipe (Italian)

This Broccoli Pasta with Sausage Recipe (Italian)- is an easy and delicious meal the entire family will enjoy! Perfectly cooked al dente pasta with tender broccoli florets topped with parmigiano and pecorino Romano cheese makes everyone come running for dinner.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 pound short pasta of choice
  • 16 oz broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground Italian pork sausage
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (plus more to taste)
  • 1 cup grated parmigiano (plus more for serving)
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup basil, torn by hand


  1. Heat large saute pan to medium-high heat. Add olive oil. Once hot, add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Let cook for one minute to flavor the oil. Add Italian sausage and break it up as it begins to cook. Cook until the sausage is browned. If the sausage releases a lot of fat you can remove some. Leave a little to create sauce!
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large pot of water (4 quarts) to boiling. Once boiling  salt (2 tablespoons, or to taste) the water and then add the pasta—Cook the pasta to al dente (according to the package instructions).
  3. During the last three minutes of cooking, add the broccoli florets before draining, reserve 1 cup of the pasta water.
  4. Drain the pasta and broccoli, and add to the skillet of cooked sausage. Stir in reserved pasta water, fresh lemon zest, basil, and toss to combine. Add more cheese before serving. 
  5. Serve hot! Buon appetito! 


If you forget to save your pasta water (it happens to the best of us!). Heat up a cup of chicken or veggie broth and use that instead! It won't have the starches from the pasta water, but it will do!

  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pasta, broccoli, sausage, Italian recipes, easy dinner, main meal