Sunday, May 9, 2010

Broccoli and Sausage Pasta


This simple recipe was one of the very first recipes Mark and I made together as a married couple. I love making it because it brings me quickly back to those wonderful newlywed days.

1 pound spicy Italian sausage
1/2 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (16 ounce) package cavatelli pasta
1 (16 ounce) package frozen broccoli
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a skillet, fry sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain, and reserve.
In the same skillet, cook garlic in olive oil until golden.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes or until done; drain. Three minutes before the end of the cooking time, add broccoli; drain with pasta.
In a large serving bowl, toss together the sausage, olive oil and garlic, cavatelli and broccoli, and Parmesan. Season with red pepper flakes.

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