Sausage & broccoli pasta

Sausage & broccoli pasta

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2
Liven up midweek pasta with a fiery sausage and chilli hit

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal738
  • fat34g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs80g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre7g
  • protein34g
  • salt1.25g
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  • 200g pasta shapes



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 150g pack purple sprouting broccoli, cut into pieces
    Purple sprouting broccoli

    Purple sprouting broccoli

    pur-pel spr-ow-ting brok-o-lee

    This untidy-looking, colourful cousin of broccoli can be used in much the same way. Leafier and…

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds (optional)
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • ½ tsp crushed red chillies
  • 2 Italian-style pork sausages, skins removed and meat broken into pieces
  • Parmesan shavings, to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the pasta until nearly al dente. Throw in the broccoli and cook for 2 mins more. Drain, saving 1-2 tbsp of the water.

  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the garlic, fennel seeds, if using, and chillies. When they start to colour a bit, add the sausage and cook until golden and cooked through. Tip in the pasta and broccoli with the reserved water and toss. Serve hot with the Parmesan shavings.

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Comments (14)

Joshchown's picture

Great dish and is delicious either cold or reheated if you're a student like me and trying to get a couple days out of it. Definitely one of my favourites

monchand's picture

Love the hit u get with this dish

frenchsonya's picture

Fab midweek meal & very tasty (tho' I made it one Saturday night when I returned from shopping too late to make what I'd originally planned!) The fennel works so well in this recipe - I just added some red onions having looked at the various comments above. I'll def be adding this to my favourites. My pasta-loving French/Italian boyfriend gave it a big thumbs up...& he knows his pasta recipes!!

missminx007's picture

Loved this, also added some chorizo to the recipe and it gave the pasta lovely flavour. Would def make this again

shawski's picture

We doubled the recipe and added an onion - it was delicious with a good kick due to the chillies. Simple but surprisingly tasty. Will definitely be making this again.

reevey's picture

Just an Ok recipe. Would be just as good with ordinary broccoli as the tenderstems are lost/wasted for the overall dish. Will try it again and add some cherry toms in next time as it needs a third dimension to make it taste a bit better. I did use Italian sausages as readily available from Asda's from Jamie Oliver's food collection, really gorgeous too.

lanilovescooking's picture

Great dish - enjoyed the spice, it really spiced up the evening.
However the dish tastes just as good once the fennel seeds are removed for those who do not like the heat! :)
Definitely will be cooked often!

wee_g74's picture

Made this for dinner tonight, delicious! Was worried it might be a bit dry, but the tip to reserve some pasta water to add worked a treat. Will definitely be having this again :)

cshobbs's picture

I used ordinary broccoli and more sausages. I thought it was great but my son found it too hot!

zetallgerman's picture

Made this for my carnivorous husband on the weekend... he gave it an 8 out of 10; said it was a tad bland so I will use half regular sausage and half chorizo next time (his suggestion). Otherwise a really good, quick, satisfying meal!

calotier's picture

I added a little white wine to the sausage mix so that the pasta had a light coating of sauce when mixed together. Otherwise I think the pasta would be a little dry. We liked it that way.

sarahsharp's picture

Really enjoyed this, quick midweek meal. Loved the chilli kick.
I used Cauldron Lincolnshire veggie sausages which worked really well.

libby0's picture

Life is too short to remove sausage skins, cutting sausages with scissors works fine. I used tesco pork sausages that contained italian sun dried tomato and they made everything taste delicious, even broccoli! The fennel works really well. You can put more veg in this, I added a red pepper.

bethocallaghan's picture

Very good - tasted fantastic. Just used a good-quality sausage than a specifically italian one.

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