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Sausage and Broccoli Pasta with Herb and Garlic Breadcrumbs

Sausage and Broccoli Pasta with Herb and Garlic Breadcrumbs

Pasta tossed with spicy sausage and broccolini, then topped with flavourful herb and garlic breadcrumbs and Parmesan!
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: sausage and broccoli pasta
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 593kcal
Author: Julia Frey of Vikalinka


For the herb and garlic breadcrumbs

  • 100g/1 cup breadcrumbs, prepared or your own
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tbsp parsley minced
  • ½ lemon zest only
  • salt to taste

For the sausage and broccoli pasta

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 13 oz/375 g sausage
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp fennel seeds
  • salt
  • ¼-1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 lbs short pasta
  • 5 oz/140 g tenderstem broccoli
  • cup/80 g grated parmesan or Grana Padano


To make herb and garlic breadcrumbs

  • In a frying pan heat olive oil and butter, then add garlic and fry for a minute over low heat, add breadcrumbs, parsley, lemon zest and salt, fry while stirring once in a while until golden for approximately 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.

For the sausage and broccoli pasta

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add salt and pasta and cook according to package directions. Add tenderstem broccoli to the pot for the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  • Meanwhile remove sausage from casing and cook in a large and deep frying pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil, minced garlic, basic, oregano and fennel seeds over medium heat for approximately 7-10 minutes until no longer pink.
  • Scoop out ¼ cup of pasta water and add to the pan with the sausage, scrape the brown bit to release them into the sauce. You should have enough liquid just to cover no more than the bottom of the pan. Take it off the heat until pasta is ready.
  • Drain your pasta and broccoli while reserving 1 cup/250ml of pasta water.
  • Add pasta and broccoli to the pan with sausage, add half of the reserved water and parmesan cheese, stir to coat over low heat, add chilli flakes and taste if additional salt is needed. Add more water if the pasta is too stiff, it should jiggle if you shake the pan. You shouldn't have any liquid in the pan but pasta should be coated in silky, cheesy coating.
  • Serve topped with breadcrumbs and additional grated parmesan. Freeze leftover breadcrumbs for another use.


Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 635mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 760IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 2.3mg