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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 Johnsonville® Polish Kielbasa Sausage 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 equals 544 calories, 32 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 1,395 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 25 g 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 544 calories, 32 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 1,395 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 25 g protein.

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 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. :)

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.

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

4+. Very nice flavor for a relatively simple dish. Like somebody below, I would add the broccoli toward the end next time, and I would cook the pasta a couple of minutes under al dente, just so it holds up when mixed in with the sausage mixture. I added a clove of garlic, which added a bit, and you could always mix it up with different sausage, too, for health, nutrition, or just general variety's sake. And my kids loved it--always a nice bonus!

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.

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!

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