Friday, April 16, 2010

Yummy Food

I try to make something for dinner every night. It is not always easy, but I love to make new recipes that are quick, easy, inexpensive and provide left overs.

I have been wanting to make something with penne pasta lately. I had tons of broccoli and our favorite chicken sausage (from sunflower market) in the fridge so I started googleing and found a few recipes that I used to make my own recipe.

{this happens a lot because I never have all the ingredients for just one recipe}

The dinner turned out so well and was so flavorful, cheap, and easy I wanted to share with you all!

Chicken Sausage, Broccoli, Penne Pasta


  • Salt
  • 1 large bundle of broccoli, trimmed and cut into 3 inch pieces
  • 1 pound penne or whole wheat penne
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 pound bulk Italian hot sausage, squeezed from casing
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, to pass at table


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add salt then the broccoli. Cook 3 minutes. Remove to an ice water bath with slotted spoon or spider and reserve. Bring water back to a boil. Cook pasta, reserving 1 cup of starchy cooking liquid just before draining.

Meanwhile, heat EVOO in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and brown, about 5-6 minutes.

Add garlic to sausage and cook 1 minute. Add broccoli. Season with salt, pepper and thyme, and heat through. When pasta is done, add reserved cooking liquid to the sauce before draining. Add tomato sauce.

Add drained pasta back to the pot along with the butter and cheese. Toss to coat then add to the rest of the stuff and stir to combine. Serve immediately.


  1. Mmmmm. That looks yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe, we'll have to try that one out. I can't believe how much we have in common, it blows me away, I love cooking as well, yet never have all the ingredients and am usually too lazy to go to the store, or Jacob is napping, while I'm making it so I make it up. Can't wait to try it!

  2. Ok, so it's OBVIOUS that I haven't been reading any blogs lately... This looks and sounds FABULOUS!! Can't wait to try it!! ;>