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Chicken Sausage with Broccolini and Pasta

Hello! Welcome to Djalali Cooks. Today’s recipe is a one skillet dish that comes together really easily and pretty quickly. Chicken Sausage with Broccolini and Pasta features Italian-seasoned Chicken Sausage browned with onions and garlic, simmered with chicken broth, broccolini and small pasta topped with lemon zest and feta to create a velvety pasta dish, bursting with flavor. It’s a comforting and hearty meal, yet it’s light and fresh. Let’s get to it!

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Ingredients

This recipe is adapted from a recipe in Better Homes and Gardens’ Noodle Magazine. I have a few stray mushrooms I am tossing in and I am substituting the orzo called for in the recipe with these cute Spaghetti-O style noodles called Annelli Siciliani. The other substitution I am making is to swap half of the Spicy Italian Sausage for Roasted Garlic Sausage. I had a couple sausages leftover from our Mediterranean Pizza last week, so those are going into this dish. My substitutions perfectly illustrate that you can play around a bit with dishes like this to use up what you have and make it your own.

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Sausage and Onions

In a large skillet (I am using my braiser), over medium-high heat, drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add the sliced sausage and onions (and I am tossing in my sliced rogue mushrooms). Stir occasionally and cook until the sausage is browned and the onions are soft.

Build the Chicken Sausage with Broccolini and Pasta

Then add the minced garlic and stir to combine. Sauté for about 30 seconds more and add the uncooked pasta to the mix. Stir to fully mix the pasta into the sausage and onions.

Now add the 2.5 cups of low-sodium chicken broth. Add 1/4 teaspoon of Kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and add the broccolini.

Cover and let the broccolini steam and the rest simmer for about 8 minutes.

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Now uncover, and let the Chicken Sausage with Broccolini and Pasta simmer uncovered to reduce the broth, creating a sauce. The pasta will finish cooking during this uncovered simmer. Let this simmer uncovered until the broth is mostly absorbed and reduced. About 4-5 minutes more. Stir occasionally.

Finishing Touches

To finish the Chicken Sausage with Broccolini and Pasta, crumble in about 1/4 cup of feta and grate the zest of one lemon over the top, stir to combine.

Serve into wide shallow bowls and enjoy!

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As I mentioned near the top, get creative with this one. Use whatever flavor chicken sausage you like or want to experiment with. Swap the orzo, or Spaghetti-O style noodles with another small pasta shape like shells or macaroni. The broccolini retains some of its snappy texture and the combination of sausage and chewy pasta is always delightful! The pasta really adds a lot flavor since it was cooked in the chicken broth with the onion, garlic and sausage flavors. The feta adds a little brininess and a rich, creamy bite. While the lemon zest brightens and lifts it all.

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Do give this quick and easy one-skillet Chicken Sausage with Broccolini and Pasta a try, it’s really great! Take care and be well everyone! xo Kelly

Key Equipment

Chicken Sausage with Broccolini and Pasta

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Dinner, Main Course American/Italian
By Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 20 Minutes Total Time: ~30 Minutes

Italian Chicken Sausage with onions and garlic, simmered with chicken broth, broccolini and small pasta topped with lemon zest and feta.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 6-8 oz. Cooked Chicken Sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Onion (about 1/4 of one large onion)
  • 1 cup Dried Small Pasta, like Orzo
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2.5 cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes, or 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 lb. Broccolini, or 3 cups Broccoli Florets
  • 1/4 cup Crumbled Feta
  • Zest of 1 Lemon

Instructions

1

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add the sliced sausage and onions. Stir occasionally and cook until the sausage is browned and the onions are soft.

2

Then add the minced garlic and stir to combine. Sauté for about 30 seconds more and add the uncooked pasta to the mix. Stir to fully mix the pasta into the sausage and onions.

3

Now add the 2.5 cups of low-sodium chicken broth. Add 1/4 teaspoon of Kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and add the broccolini.

4

Cover and let the broccolini steam and the rest simmer for about 8 minutes.

5

Now uncover, and let simmer uncovered to reduce the broth, creating a sauce.

6

The pasta will finish cooking during this uncovered simmer. Let this simmer uncovered until the broth is mostly absorbed and reduced. About 4-5 minutes more. Stir occasionally.

7

To finish the Chicken Sausage with Broccolini and Pasta, crumble in about 1/4 cup of feta and grate the zest of one lemon over the top, stir to combine and serve.

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  • Mari
    July 21, 2022 at 10:36 am

    A one pan meal that cooks up quickly is just the thing for hot summer days. I keep hearing about heat waves here and abroad. Summer is always hot, and July and late August are the worst, but I love the long lazy days, the flowers blooming and nestled against the house. The butterflies and bees buzzing around on their daily rounds are a delight to the eye, and when the day is done, we have this wonderful meal to look forward to. Broccolini is so good. Strangely it’s hard to find here, but the organic stores always have it, and it goes quickly. Once it’s cooked, it will quickly disappear, and smiles will suddenly appear. I don’t expect leftovers from this one, so I’d better make extra! All my online friends in England are complaining about the heat wave. In general they don’t do air conditioners or see why we are attached to them. I think they may get it now… Speaking of people online, there is a Scottish guy called The Critical Drinker on YouTube, who delivers amusing, sometimes very rude movie reviews. At any rate he has a thick Scottish accent, and you get his honest opinion. His very blunt, often scathing opinion is refreshing. He just put up his review of The Terminal List. If you’re not used to a broad accent, it may take a minute or two, or there is always the caption function. If you haven’t come across him before, he’s worth a listen. Happy Thrilling Thursday to Kelly, Alex, Terry and frisky canine cut ups. ☀️🌺🐕

    • Kelly Djalali
      July 21, 2022 at 10:44 am

      Hi Mari, I have heard of the Critical Drinker, but I haven’t listened yet. I will check him out. I am sure this recipe will be a hit at your house! The heatwave in Europe is crazy. We have been in the middle of a thunderstorm all morning. Consequently the dogs won’t go out to do their business, and they’re scared of the thunder…so it’s a long morning for us, just waiting for the perfect moment to run outside…Have a great day, see you tomorrow for Pizza and a Movie! xo Kelly

  • Terry
    July 21, 2022 at 10:54 am

    Good morning this looks good maybe tonight
    I agree with Mari anything in one pan is a good thing… you have a great Thursday I’ll keep you posted 🤗❤️ Mom

    • Kelly Djalali
      July 21, 2022 at 11:04 am

      Yes, we love a one-pan recipe too! This is a great dish because you can really swap in different chicken sausage flavors, different veggies and pasta. Give it a go and I look forward to hearing how it goes for you! Have a great day, Mom! xo Kelly