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Spicy Pasta with Broccoli & Sausage

Sausage pasta

It's Secret Recipe Club reveal day again, and sadly, this one marks the end of summer. This month, I was assigned to Kate's blog, Food Babbles. Kate writes a wonderful blog with a great mix of sweet and savory recipes, which of course, made it very difficult to choose just one to make. As per usual, when I got my assignment, I went right to work reading every post from the beginning to the present. I had several that I immediately bookmarked, including Chicken Chorizo Empanadas, which was Kate's most recent post for First on the First, a cool monthly project that she co-hosts (that I am thinking about emailing her to see if she will accept a new member). While I didn't end up making the empanadas (yet), I ended up making this pasta dish because it seemed like just the kind of recipe that we love. And love we did! It was a great pasta recipe to bridge the gap from summer to fall, keeping things fresh and light with the broccoli and minimal ingredients, but still being a comforting, and spicy, pasta dish. Thanks, Kate, for introducing me to a recipe that I am sure will be a household staple for years to come. 

6 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
1/3 cup Olive Oil
4 cups Broccoli, chopped
1 pound Italian Sausage, casings removed (I used a hot pork sausage)
1 cup Reserved Pasta Water
1/2 cup White Wine
1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1 pound Orecchiette Pasta, or similar shape (I used small shells)
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water. In a pan over medium-high heat, brown the sausage, breaking it up as it cooks. Meanwhile, in a separate pan over medium-high heat, cook the garlic in the oil for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally, until golden. Add the broccoli, 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water, wine, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Cover the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is tender and the liquid is mostly evaporated. Add the sausage and pasta to the broccoli mixture and toss to combine. Add the other half of the reserved pasta water, if the remaining liquid needs thinning. Stir in the parmesan cheese and serve. 

SOURCE: Food Babbles

Reader Comments (16)

That looks incredibly delicious! I love broccoli and spicy foods are the best :)

P.S. I added your post to the linky list ;0)

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah E

Oh wow, this is just the type of pasta recipe that we would love too! Yum!

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

This looks like just the kind of recipe that we love. Thanks.

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Did I just read spicy pasta.... that's like screaming my name. This looks excellent and so perfect for dinner tomorrow night. Great SRC pick friend :)

I love pasta dishes like this -- looks excellent.

This looks great!

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Pasta looks delicious..great SRC pick!

I'm always on the lookout for new pasta dishes and this one looks like it turned out great.

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterApril @Angels Homestead

This looks so delicious!!

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

I love pasta dishes and this looks delicious! Great SRC pick!

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbakingaddict

Wow! An oldie but goodie ;) I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for your kind words about my site and if you want in on First on the First, let me know! Hope you'll join us.

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate | Food Babbles

@SRC Friends~Thank you for all of your comments. You all had wonderful picks this month, too! I look forward to giving many of those recipes a try! Looking forward to September's reveal day!!

August 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterMelissa

Pasta with sausage? You're speaking my language!!

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Ninja

This is perfect for our house, we like things spicy!

August 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShari, The Saucy Gourmet

Looks great! I'm definitely making a vegan gluten free version of this

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I made this recipe over the weekend and we loved it. I even blogged about it:

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

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