Broccoli Sausage Simmer Recipe
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Broccoli Sausage Simmer Recipe

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"I created this meal-in-one dish when trying to use up a large head of broccoli," recalls Lisa Montgomery of Elmira, Ontario. "It's requested at least once a week in our home, which is handy for me since it's easy to prepare and we always have the ingredients."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 medium bunch broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 small red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 569 calories, 32g fat (11g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 1394mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 8g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage, broccoli and onion over medium-high heat 5-6 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender.
  2. Add tomatoes, basil, parsley and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Add pasta; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Broccoli Sausage Simmer in Quick Cooking January/February 2002, p35

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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mollymariecate User ID: 1626467 82638
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

"Oh gosh! This is ssooo good. I have a hard time finding recipes to put my homegrown herbs in, to where you can actually taste them in a dish, but this one really does showcase the herbs beautifully. I left out the onion just on personal preference. One of my favorite recipes."

Pflaumenmeisterin User ID: 7253331 75515
Reviewed May. 6, 2013

"I just made this as an impromptu dish and it was great! Even with turkey kielbasa. The tomato juice thickened up nicely. The only thing I should've done was throw in the broccoli last - I used frozen broccoli that I defrosted to crisp tender. It held up ok, but I personally wanted the kielbasa and onions flavors to mingle first."

ryanck0 User ID: 5969410 90728
Reviewed May. 4, 2011

"I made this for my family and it was a hit! Even my picky four year old was scaring it down. Thank You."

Melcox43 User ID: 2585833 119209
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"easy to prepare, tastes good. My problem is that the onion gets too mushy and the dish is a little soupy. I'm sure there is an easy fix to that though. I love making this in the summer and my husband really loves the sausage in it."

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