Broccolini and Sausage Pasta

Suzanne Cowden


Simple, yet super flavorful, this Broccolini and Sausage Pasta is a perfect meal for busy weeknights. The full recipe makes a generous amount, which is convenient if you’re a fan of leftovers or if you need to deliver dinner to a friend in need in addition to feeding your family. If not, the recipe halves easily.

Tender broccolini, slivers of garlic, and Johnsonville Naturals Mild Italian Sausage combine in this kid-friendly pasta dish tossed with Parmesan and lemon zest for extra flavor. Since the sausage is gluten-free, making this a gluten-free meal is as easy as subbing in your favorite gluten-free pasta.

Johnsonville Naturals provide a clean and simple label and are made with familiar ingredients. They do not contain artificial ingredients, flavors, colors, or preservatives. The line focuses on high quality, natural ingredients, such as premium cuts of meat and flavorful spices to deliver great taste people expect from America’s leading sausage brand.

Broccolini and Sausage Pasta

Serves 8 to 10. If you’re not planning to feed a crowd, the recipe halves easily.

  • 1 pound pappardelle pasta
  • 1 pound Johnsonville Naturals Mild Italian Sausage
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound broccolini or broccoli rabe
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Boil water in a large pot and cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain and return pasta to the pot.

While pasta cooks, brown the sausage in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it into bite-size pieces with a wooden spoon.

Add garlic to the browned sausage and continue cooking until the garlic just begins to brown. Add broccolini and broth, cover the pot, and cook until the broccolini turns bright green, about 2 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring frequently, until most of the broth evaporates and the broccolini is tender, about 3 more minutes.

Add the sausage mixture, along with olive oil, lemon zest, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to the pasta. Toss to combine. Serve immediately. Top with additional Parmesan cheese.

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Simple, yet super flavorful, this Broccolini and Sausage Pasta is a perfect recipe for busy weeknights.

This post was written by Suzanne Cowden exclusively for BonBon Break Media, LLC.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.

Suzanne focuses on food as centerpiece for both everyday routines and special occasions. Each recipe featured on Flour Arrangements, from simple loaves of bread to fondant decorated birthday cakes, comes with a story that blends life with cooking. Suzanne lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and daughters.