Sunday, April 1, 2012

Penne with Broccoli and Turkey Sausage

Penne with Broccoli and Turkey Sausage

This recipe was based on Emeril Lagasse's Rigatoni with Broccoli and Sausage from Everyday Foods (March 2012). I made some healthy choices and tossed in some ingredients that I like to cook with these days (like Parsley and Capers). I love this magazine and have to get off my kiester to get a subscription!

Ingredients (Makes 4-6 servings):
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
13.25 oz box of Whole grain penne
1 lbs Sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
Cooking Spray
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup Parsley, chopped
2 tsp Garlic, minced
1-2 tbsp Grated lemon zest (adjust to taste)
2 tbsp Lemon juice
4 Anchovy fillets, minced
1 tbsp Capers, rinsed
1/2 tsp Dried oregano
2 heads broccoli, cut into florets
Parmesan, grated, for serving


1. Add 1/2 tsp of Kosher salt to a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook for around 9 minutes.
2. In a separate pan over medium-high heat, apply a coat of cooking spray and add the turkey sausage. Break up the meat as it cooks and cook for around 9-11 minutes. Remove any excess liquid from the pan.
3. In a serving bowl, add the following ingredients: olive oil, parsley, garlic, lemon zest and juice, anchovies, capers, and oregano. Gently mix together while sausage and pasta cooks.
4. After the past cooks for 9 minutes, add the broccoli and cook for two more minutes. Then remove from heat (reserving 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the pasta water).
5. Mix the pasta/broccoli, drained turkey sausage into the serving bowl with 1/2 to 3/4 cup pasta water. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve!

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