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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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."

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