Tuesday, December 17, 2013

One Pot Sausage Broccoli Pasta

Around our house, we've been running from one holiday event to the next, preparing for holiday travel, and just generally trying to survive the mayhem of life with children. I've been combing through my recipe files pulling up my easiest, kid-friendliest, and still nutritious dishes in an effort to continue to keep things as simple, healthy, and yum :) as possible despite the busy season. As I was planning the other day, this recipe came to mind as one that we have loved. It's quick and easy, and you can do it all using only one pot - which means fewer dishes to worry about after!

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One Pot Sausage Broccoli Pasta
PREP: 15 minutes           COOK: 15 minutes            READY IN: 30 minutes

  SIMPLE         HEALTHY      YUM
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  • 1 box whole grain pasta
  • 1/2-2/3 pound chicken sausage, cut into small chunks (I used 2 links of Trader Joe's Sweet Pesto Chicken Sausage)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth, divided
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli pieces
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese (1/3 or low-fat if you have it)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped (or 1 1/2 tablespoons dried basil)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare pasta in a large pot as directed on the package. Drain.
  2. Using the same pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add sausages and heat thoroughly (or cook until brown if they are not pre-cooked). Add garlic and onion, and cook until the onion starts to soften. 
  3. Add in 1/4 cup of the chicken broth, along with the broccoli and cauliflower pieces. Cover and cook until the broccoli turns a vibrant green and slightly softened (about 5 minutes). 
  4. Stir in the cooked pasta. Add remaining 1/4 cup broth, cream cheese, and basil, stirring until the cream cheese "melts" over the pasta. 
  5. Serve sprinkled with freshly ground pepper, and parmesan cheese if desired.


    1 1/2 cup serving    414 calories   11.1 g fat   62 g carbs    18.9 g protein    3.4 g sugar   

Recipe adapted from Week of Menus.

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