Pasta With Broccoli And Sausage



  1. Bring a stockpot of water to a boil and salt it.
  2. Trim the broccoli and cut it into pieces.
  3. Add the broccoli to the pot and return the water to a boil.
  4. Put the oil in a skillet over medium-low heat.
  5. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and the sausage.
  6. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sausage is browned, 5 minutes.
  7. Remove it from the skillet and turn the heat off.
  8. Start checking the broccoli after 5 minutes until fully tender but not mushy; this could take up to 10 minutes.
  9. Use a slotted spoon or small strainer to scoop up the broccoli, draining off excess water, and transfer it to the skillet.
  10. Cook the broccoli over medium-high heat, stirring and mashing it slightly, until it is soft and breaks apart.
  11. Add a tablespoon or two of the boiling water to help soften the broccoli.
  12. Cook the pasta in the boiling water until it is tender but not mushy; start tasting after 5 minutes.
  13. When the pasta is done, scoop out and reserve at least 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain it.
  14. Add the pasta, sausage, and a splash of cooking water to the broccoli; toss until combined, adding more water or olive oil if necessary to make a slightly creamy sauce.
  15. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding lots of black pepper and the Parmesan cheese.
  16. Toss again and serve, passing more cheese at the table.