This classic Italian dish comes together with the help of only six family-friendly ingredients, but tender baby broccoli, chicken sausage, and orecchiette are definitely the stars of the show. It’s a quick and delicious weeknight wonder you’ll want to make again and again.
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Italian Chicken Sausage Mix
Wash and dry all produce. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Trim and discard bottom inch of baby broccoli, then cut stalks and florets into 1-inch pieces. Remove sausage from casings.
Add pasta to boiling water. Cook until al dente, 9-11 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water.
Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add baby broccoli and cook until tender, 5-7 minutes, tossing occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan and set aside.
Heat another drizzle of olive oil in same pan over medium-high heat. Add sausage and break up into pieces. Cook until browned and cooked through, 4-5 minutes. Add a pinch of chili flakes (if desired), and cook another 30 seconds.
Add pasta, baby broccoli, half the Parmesan cheese, reserved pasta water, and pesto to pan.
Toss until the pasta is covered in a saucy coating, 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with remaining Parmesan cheese.