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Pasta with Broccoli, Roasted Peppers and Sausage

Pasta with Broccoli, Roasted Peppers and Sausage
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
This recipe is borrowed from the Farmers Against Hunger cookbook. Try to use small pasta with a shape that will "catch" all the chunky pieces of sausage and the vegetables. This is a very fresh-tasting dish without the heaviness of a marinara or creamy cheese sauce.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb of small, shaped pasta
  • 4 oz sweet Italian sausage, with the casing removed
  • 9 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1 large head of broccoli with florets and stems cut into small, bite-size pieces
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup of grated Parmesan
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook according to instructions on the package. Drain and return the pasta to the dry pot.
  2. As the pasta cooks, cook the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned (approx. 5 minutes).
  3. Stir in the garlic and red peppers, ½ tsp of salt and a pinch of pepper. Cook for approx. 2 minutes while stirring, covered.
  4. Turn heat to high, add the water and broccoli to the skillet and cook until broccoli looks bright green (approx. 1-2 minutes).
  5. Uncover the skillet. Cook for additional 3-5 minutes more.
  6. Once the water has evaporated and the broccoli is tender, dump the mixture into the pot with the pasta and add cheese and the oil. Toss together and serve.

 

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