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Pasta & Broccoli Sausage Simmer

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


  • 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


  • Cook pasta according to directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, saute the sausage, broccoli and onion until broccoli is crisp-tender, 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, basil, parsley and sugar. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain pasta; stir into the sausage mixture.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 544 calories, 32g fat (11g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 1395mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 8g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • Nancy
    Mar 13, 2021

    This is so good! When I make it next time I won't cook the broccoli so long. I left out the sugar because it didn't seem necessary. I'm sure it would be just as good, if not better with the addition of some other vegetables.

  • Twyla
    Feb 14, 2021

    We loved it! I made a few tweaks for my family. I added rotel instead of just tomatos, a Bell pepper and mushrooms. ( We love veggis) I added garlic as well, because well... Garlic. It was so good. I love that you can personalize this reciepe. I think it would be good with whatever veggis you have, and definetly if you have family members who dont like the heat of rotel... just add regular can of tomatos.Thank you for sharing!

  • Heather
    May 13, 2020

    Everything in this is something I love, but somehow, the parts don't add up to the whole. It's edible. (I made it almost exactly according to recipe with the addition of garlic and parmesan and excluding the sugar. Also, those of you who complain that it's bland should make sure you've added salt

  • resalee
    Apr 9, 2020

    Delicious, I added Parmesan cheese and only half of the sugar but will leave it out next time. No need to add sugar for flavor when this recipe can be so personalized with better things. I'll try fresh garlic next time and probably whatever is leftover in the refrigerator (peppers, zucchinni, carrots).

  • Magwan
    Mar 27, 2019

    Recipe was good and easy to follow but very bland.

  • MarineMom_texas
    Sep 25, 2018

    We had this recipe the other night and it was delicious. I followed the recipe except I halved it for the two of us. I normally don't add sugar but went ahead and did but could not detect it while eating. This is a delicious dish that cooks entirely on the stove. I highly recommend it. Volunteer Field Editor

  • Cherye
    Jun 6, 2018

    Very easy, and with a few modifications super good. I dropped in a beef bouillon cube for a little more depth of flavor, about a tbsp of good quality balsamic vinegar, several cloves of sliced garlic, and I grated parmesan over it when it was done. Did NOT add the sugar--I don't know where the american tradition of putting sugar in tomatoes came from but I honestly can't stand it. Additionally, I used fire-roasted tomatoes which just made it fantastic. Would definitely make again!

  • wanders6
    Dec 6, 2017

    Very simple and tasty. Will make again with a little adjustment to our liking.

  • rmbarr059
    Feb 9, 2017

    Disappointed. Very much lacking in flavor. I wouldn't make again.

  • mamaspring2
    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!