Sausage Orecchiette Pasta Recipe
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Sausage Orecchiette Pasta Recipe

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I adapted this pasta to be like my favorite Italian restaurant version, only lighter—and tastier. I often use spicy sausage and broccoli rabe. —Melanie Tritten, Charlotte, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 4 cups uncooked orecchiette or small tube pasta
  • 1 package (19-1/2 ounces) Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 4 cups small fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/3 cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-2/3 cups: 363 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 571mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook 1-2 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.
  2. Stir in broccoli and tomatoes. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 4-6 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender. Drain pasta; add to skillet and toss to coat. Serve with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Sausage Orecchiette Pasta in Simple & Delicious June/July 2015

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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jbennett User ID: 1496914 254847
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2016

"My family did not really care much for this dish! Regular Italian sausage should've been used for more flavor, and some herbs. The recipe called for way too much pasta."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 253352
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2016

"I agree with the lady that said it lacked spice. It was flavorless. IF I make it again (doubtful), I'd use pork sausage and canned tomatoes with oregano and basil. I have a ton of left overs that I will either have to doctor up or throw out."

MY REVIEW User ID: 92755 249026
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2016

"Everyone in my family enjoys this recipe. I double the recipe for our family and keep the leftovers in the fridge for my teenagers to heat up as a snack since they are always hunting for something good to eat. It's an easy and tasty recipe."

Summersh User ID: 6640270 238276
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2015

"Lacking spice."

kgdolly User ID: 7703382 233686
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2015

"This has become a regular dinner at my house. My husband and I love the flavor and how easy it is to make. The only thing we do differently is we usually use sliced sausage instead of ground."

Dnpop User ID: 8483299 231715
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2015

"This was quick, easy, and flavorful! I did add a little kosher salt and pepper, but it really didn't need it. I also served this with rice instead of pasta. I will definitely make this again!"

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 225778
Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"This was so quick and easy. The freshly grated parm cheese gives it a good flavor and I love that there is no added salt to this dish."

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