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This creamy Italian sausage and broccoli pasta is easy and fast! You can use spicy sausage and chili flakes if you want more kick in this delicious weeknight pasta recipe. Half-and-half makes this recipe more healthy than using heavy cream. 

Simple Sausage and Broccoli Pasta

This easy sausage and broccoli pasta uses only a handful of everyday ingredients and comes together in less than 30 minutes!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword sausage and broccoli pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Salt & Lavender

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta
  • 1 (17.6 oz/500g package) Italian sausages cut into small pieces (or crumble it)
  • 1 head broccoli cut into small florets
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Boil a large, salted pot of water and cook pasta al dente according to package directions.
  2. Prep your sausage. Add it to a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, until it's browned and mostly cooked through (about 8-10 minutes).
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the broccoli. Cover the pan and cook for 4 minutes. 
  4. Stir in the garlic.
  5. Add in the half-and-half. Let it bubble for a couple of minutes, ensuring the brown bits at the bottom of the pan are scraped into the sauce. Test if broccoli is cooked to your liking. If not, cook a bit longer.
  6. Stir in the parmesan cheese and season with salt & pepper and red pepper flakes as needed. Once the pasta is done, drain it and toss it with the sauce. Enjoy immediately.