Pasta & Broccoli Sausage Simmer Recipe
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Pasta & Broccoli Sausage Simmer Recipe

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I created this meal when trying to use up a large head of broccoli. My family requests it at least once a week, which is handy because we always have the ingredients. —Lisa Montgomery, Elmira, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 2 pounds smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 medium bunches broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup sliced red onion
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 544 calories, 32g fat (11g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 1395mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 8g fiber), 25g protein


  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, saute the sausage, broccoli and onion for 5-6 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender.
  3. Add the tomatoes, basil, parsley and sugar. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain pasta; stir into the sausage mixture. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Pasta & Broccoli Sausage Simmer in Simple & Delicious December/January 2012, p59

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Apr. 25, 2016

"Not everyone wants highly spiced foods. This is a great basic recipe that leaves room for individuality, which can make me feel more like a cook than just a recipe follower. Sky is the limit! TOH Rocks our kitchen!"

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2016

"Is CookingMommaof3 blind? The recipe clearly says to saute the onions. I think some people just like to rant about a recipe, while not having a clue. Read carefully before you write. I thought it was good."

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2016

"I did make substitutions, but i think this recipe -as a base - is great! I subbed spicy beef sausage, red bell pepper, and tomato juice for the kielbasa, onion and tomatoes. Next time i will use spicy brats (i no longer have the meat i used before)

I think Cookingmommaof3's review is a bit harsh. Give it a shot, but dont be afraid to add your own flare to it. Enjoy."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"Not a fabulous meal, but not terrible either. Great for busy weeknights."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"My husband made this...he tends to add his own zing to things but it was great to me. Would definitely make it again. I don't know what people are talking about."

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