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Sausage Orecchiette Pasta

I adapted this pasta to be like my favorite Italian restaurant version, only lighter—and tastier. I often use spicy sausage and broccoli rabe. —Melanie Tritten, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 4 cups uncooked orecchiette or small tube pasta
  • 1 package (19-1/2 ounces) Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 4 cups small fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/3 cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook 1-2 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.
  • Stir in broccoli and tomatoes. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 4-6 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender. Drain pasta; add to skillet and toss to coat. Serve with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1-2/3 cups: 363 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 571mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Jul 27, 2020

    After reading the reviews below I did a couple tweaks to the recipes to hopefully give it extra "oomph". Instead of the Italian sausage, I used leftover feta-spinach chicken sausage. I think I cooked the wine too long because I didn't notice a wine flavor at all. Instead of waiting for the broccoli to cook in the pan, I steamed it beforehand. The diced tomatoes I used had roasted garlic and onion in them. I also used feta in place of the parmesan. After those tweaks, this was a really good, fresh dish. The bones for a delicious recipe are there, you just need to fine-tune it a bit to suit your taste.

  • jbennett
    Sep 30, 2016

    My family did not really care much for this dish! Regular Italian sausage should've been used for more flavor, and some herbs. The recipe called for way too much pasta.

  • bjsilve0
    Aug 29, 2016

    I agree with the lady that said it lacked spice. It was flavorless. IF I make it again (doubtful), I'd use pork sausage and canned tomatoes with oregano and basil. I have a ton of left overs that I will either have to doctor up or throw out.

  • snwilliamson
    Jun 4, 2016

    Everyone in my family enjoys this recipe. I double the recipe for our family and keep the leftovers in the fridge for my teenagers to heat up as a snack since they are always hunting for something good to eat. It's an easy and tasty recipe.

  • Summersh
    Nov 28, 2015

    Lacking spice.

  • kgdolly
    Sep 29, 2015

    This has become a regular dinner at my house. My husband and I love the flavor and how easy it is to make. The only thing we do differently is we usually use sliced sausage instead of ground.

  • Dnpop
    Aug 24, 2015

    This was quick, easy, and flavorful! I did add a little kosher salt and pepper, but it really didn't need it. I also served this with rice instead of pasta. I will definitely make this again!

  • danielleylee
    May 2, 2015

    This was so quick and easy. The freshly grated parm cheese gives it a good flavor and I love that there is no added salt to this dish.