Sausage & broccoli pasta

Sausage & broccoli pasta

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(16 ratings)

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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12th Jan, 2015
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
12th Apr, 2013
Love the hit u get with this dish
19th Jan, 2013
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!!
8th Oct, 2012
Loved this, also added some chorizo to the recipe and it gave the pasta lovely flavour. Would def make this again
23rd Jul, 2012
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.
5th Apr, 2012
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.
27th Jan, 2012
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!
8th Jan, 2012
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 :)
29th Nov, 2011
I used ordinary broccoli and more sausages. I thought it was great but my son found it too hot!
6th Feb, 2011
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!


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