Sausage, Brussels Sprouts and Parmesan Pasta Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces pasta (penne, farfalle, rotini, or your favorite)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 12 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved (or quartered if large)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, adjust for heat preference)
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Instructions:

  • Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining.
  • Brown the sausage: While the pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned (about 5-7 minutes). Transfer sausage to a plate and set aside.
  • Sauté the vegetables: Add onion to the skillet and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add the Brussels sprouts, garlic, and red pepper flakes (if using). Cook, stirring occasionally for 5-7 minutes, until the Brussels sprouts are tender-crisp and slightly browned.
  • Deglaze the pan: Add the chicken or vegetable broth to the skillet, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
  • Combine and finish: Return the sausage to the skillet. Add the cooked pasta, reserved pasta water, and Parmesan cheese. Toss everything together until the pasta is well coated in a creamy sauce. Season generously with salt and black pepper.
  • Serve: Garnish with chopped parsley (optional) and additional Parmesan cheese.

Tips:

  • Quality sausage: Use good quality Italian sausage for the best flavor. Look for options labeled “sweet” or “hot” to suit your taste.
  • Customize it: Add other vegetables like diced bell peppers or cherry tomatoes for extra color and flavor.
  • Make it creamy: For a richer sauce, stir in a splash of heavy cream at the end.
  • Spice it up: Add more red pepper flakes for extra heat, or a sprinkle of chili powder for a smoky complexity.

Enjoy your delicious Sausage, Brussels Sprouts and Parmesan Pasta!

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