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Pasta & Broccoli Sausage Simmer Recipe

Pasta & Broccoli Sausage Simmer Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Pasta & Broccoli Sausage Simmer

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mamaspring2 User ID: 3520563 254636
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2016

"The original version of this would be perfect if my daughter was still small, since like most little kids, she didn't like anything spicy. However, since she's a teenager now, I decided to tweak it a bit, and loved how it turned out! I substituted two 10-ounce cans of mild Rotel tomatoes for the regular diced ones, added three small diced tomatoes from my garden, put in a healthy teaspoon of garlic and a half a cup of wine. Leaving out the sauteed red onions like that one negative reviewer did would be a big mistake -- they add a lot of flavor. BTW, my daughter loved it, too!"

deblair User ID: 5548676 247467
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!"

Rahnee64 User ID: 6762067 247239
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."

tnbshepperd User ID: 4246539 245431
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."

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 240481
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

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

sonyapharmd User ID: 8600847 236217
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."

CookingMommaof3 User ID: 8590427 235765
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"DO NOT MAKE THIS! I make home cooked meals 5 days a week. Usually my time in the kitchen is 1.5-2 hours, and so this recipe immediately caught my eye. I love cooking, but I was certainly deceived with this one. While I new it would be a little bland, I added garlic powder, fresh ground pepper, and even a little whipping cream to give it some more flavor/texture. We covered it with parm/asiago/romano cheese and it was still terrible. I personally think the 2 cans of tomatoes was way too much, overpowering, and I even picked some of them out. I didn't add the onions at all because it didn't say to cook them. Red onions are potent and I just didn't see them going in the recipe. Just do yourself and your family a favor, and pretend you never saw this recipe. I'm finding that this site doesn't have very good recipes, not compared to personal sites and Hope this helps!"

susanF-VT User ID: 7278959 235211
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"it's a good recipe, but needed some spice. I added a Greek seasoning blend and fresh garlic. For those that said it was bland. Did you think the ingredients were magically going to turn into something else? hardly any seasoning OF COURSE it's going to taste bland!"

srsexton User ID: 3062488 233776
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"Delicious! I made a half recipe and used Italian tomatoes. My son likes it with a little cheese, Italian blend shreds or Parmesan, but I think it's wonderful either way. And so healthy-- especially with whole grain pasta! Great lunch idea, too!"

juliec675 User ID: 8311522 227361
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2015

"Hated it. Threw out the leftovers. So bland and uninspired."

17sebenedict User ID: 7951529 226200
Reviewed May. 11, 2015

"Sooo good! I used two red onions and a whole box (16oz) of pasta! Not bland at all like others said. All the flavors went great with each other. Will be making this again!"

ekprice User ID: 4632834 225175
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015


aug2295 User ID: 4631582 220737
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"This recipe was easy & convenient, since I also have all the ingredients on hand. Nice weeknight meal."

ZoiZoi User ID: 7749061 122078
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2014

"I made this as directed, only 1/2 amount. Thought it was very good and will make again."

menicki User ID: 87508 126169
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2014

"made this a couple of times and it is good, have also made it using canned chicken instead of the Kielbasa sausage."

bamj222 User ID: 2589753 126168
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"love it"

knbnk3 User ID: 6455514 122077
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"1# of sausage is plenty- and cuts the fat, the calories, cholesterol and sodium content in half. who needs 32 grams of fat?! and use turkey or chicken sausage to further reduce all of the above... I halve the sausage down the middle before slicing, and this spreads it through the dish abundantly. I also added more veggies: sliced green pepper, 1 large carrot, and one medium zucchini sliced like the sausage. I like the fire-roasted tomatoes, and brown sugar. :)"

JCV4 User ID: 628113 181496
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"This was a great, quick meal. I added some garlic and grated Parmesan cheese on top. To make it more healthy, use turkey kielbasa. I also used whole grain pasta."

daisydog215 User ID: 5402504 115563
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"I'm bucking the trend, but I wasn't highly impressed with this dish. Husband loved it, but 2 kids and I thought it was marginally ok. Just didn't have much flavor, even with added garlic."

robbinthornton User ID: 3362574 194277
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"Quick, simple and tasty. Decreased sausage and used lo-salt variety, used no salt tomatoes, added garlic and one fresh diced tomato. Big thumbs up from hubby!"

TheDix User ID: 607421 138863
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013 Edited Aug. 8, 2014

"Very tasty, goes together quickly. It tastes healthy, although the kielbasa probably detracts from that....oh so good. Made this again with beef brats, perhaps cutting down a bit on the fat..."

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 194276
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"This would have been excellent if I used a better quality sausage. I was gagging on the casing that came off the sliced sausage. The rest of it was great. Very hearty."

daisey5 User ID: 146806 120224
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2013

"I loved this. I used smoked turkey sausage and added garlic. I did not have enough broccoli so also added in cauliflower. It turned out good."

A13 User ID: 6893613 137292
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"This is really good! My mom thought it would be a bad idea to put in dice tomatoes. We didn't put in diced tomatoes and it turned out really well. This is an absolute keeper."

nigols User ID: 6143871 137288
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"tried it without the sugar it is fine, I don't use sugar in dishes like this and it turns out ok. will make again ..sugarless"

DOROS User ID: 6132776 120223
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012


sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 120222
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"This recipe is almost identical to one I found in a magazine several years ago. I made it for 3 servings, substituted 1 link of Italian sausage and one can of tomatoes, added a little garlic, oregano and basil. Fast, simple and very good."

krislix User ID: 1426702 194274
Reviewed May. 8, 2012

"My husband and I loved this. I also used Turkey Kielbasa. I also only used one can of diced tomatoes and added a little minced garlic. Will definitely make this again."

hagihok User ID: 1034158 151922
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"Super Easy and tasty. I used turkey Kielbasa. Love It!"

mkfrazier User ID: 4922365 151921
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

"Delicious and easy to prepare. I wasn't too sure the sugar was going to be a good idea, but it provided a slight touch of sweetness that complemented the flavors very well. Thanks for a great recipe!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1319554 122056
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"Very easy -- makes a LOT! I used frozen broccoli and turkey sausage. The onion provides nice flavor. I might try adding garlic or other seasonings next time for variety."

smstillinger User ID: 3094333 137266
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"Very easy to prepare. My kids liked it. My husband thought it was a little bland. I will add some minced garlic next time."

colleyho User ID: 359762 196592
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"This recipe was very simple and easy to prepare. You could get a hint of Italian with the addition of the basil. It makes a large batch and was more than enough for my hubby and myself. I could see this easily feeding a family of four with no trouble. I could also see trying to use garden fresh tomatoes diced when they are in season, along with broccoli. Definitely a recipe worth trying and sharing.

I realize many tastebuds differ but ours were happy as is. "

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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