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Whole Wheat Penne with Turkey Italian Sausage, Broccoli, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

Whole Wheat Penne with Turkey Italian Sausage, Broccoli, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

I wanted a quick and healthy dinner so I looked through the refrigerator to see what I had on hand.  I had leftover turkey Italian sausage, broccoli florets, Parmesan cheese, and grape tomatoes so I threw them together to make a healthy, flavorful, and delicious pasta.  I cooked the Italian sausage until it was golden brown and in crumbles then added some broccoli florets, grape tomatoes, and garlic.  I tossed the pasta in with the sausage and veggies then added a touch of butter, olive oil, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  The whole family liked this pasta (except my kids picked out the broccoli- ugh).  I loved the flavors of the sausage and veggies with the nutty whole wheat pasta.  My husband took the leftovers to work the following day and he said it was excellent.

Whole Wheat Penne with Turkey Italian Sausage, Broccoli, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

How to Make Whole Wheat Penne with Turkey Italian Sausage, Broccoli, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

Cook the penne pasta per instructions in salted boiling water.

While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the sausage, removed from casings, along with the red onion.  Cook the sausage and onion for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, making sure to break up the sausage into crumbles as it cooks.

Add the broccoli florets, the grape tomatoes, and crushed red pepper, and continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.  Add the garlic then cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.

Add the cooked and drained pasta and the reserved pasta liquid to the pan then drizzle some olive oil onto the pasta as well as the butter, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper to taste.  Gently mix until evenly coated.  Taste and re-season if necessary. Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

Whole Wheat Penne with Turkey Italian Sausage, Broccoli, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

 

 

Whole Wheat Penne with Turkey Italian Sausage, Broccoli, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

Whole Wheat Penne with Turkey Italian Sausage, Broccoli, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Pam / For the Love of Cooking

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 turkey Italian Sausages removed from casings
  • ½ red onion sliced thickly
  • 1 cup of broccoli florets
  • 1 cup of grape tomatoes
  • 1 dash or more of crushed red pepper
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 8 oz whole wheat penne pasta cooked per instructions
  • 3-4 tbsp reserved pasta liquid
  • 1 tbsp olive oil drizzled
  • 2-3 tsp butter
  • 3-4 tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the penne pasta per instructions in salted boiling water.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage, removed from casings, along with the red onion. Cook the sausage and onion for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, making sure to break up the sausage into crumbles as it cooks.
  • Add the broccoli florets, the grape tomatoes, and crushed red pepper and continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic then cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
  • Add the cooked and drained pasta and the reserved pasta liquid to the pan then drizzle some olive oil onto the pasta as well as the butter, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper to taste.
  • Gently mix until evenly coated. Taste and re-season if necessary. Serve immediately. Enjoy.
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  1. This looks delicious, Pam! Don’t worry about your children picking out the broccoli. I never ate my vegetables as a child, but now I can’t think of one vegetable that I don’t love!

  2. YUM YUM YUM! simple and delicious – great recipe, I know you’ve been having problems with posts not showing – I don’t seem to be getting new posts coming through – the last one was Feb 16th – I’ll try and sign up again.
    Mary x

  3. I made this tonight and loved it. I wasn’t a fan of Italian sausage but my husband is, so I decided to try this recipe. My 4 & 2 year old ate it. My two sisters in law and their families ate it as well. They have a 4 & 1 year old who also ate it. thanks for sharing.

  4. I don’t know how it took me sooo long to find this lovely and delicious recipe, but I was fortunate to (recently) spy a link. I prepared this dish for my family when I first discovered it, and my hubby has been begging for it ever since! It’s not only appealing to the eye, but it’s also healthy and ‘very’ ‘delicious. That’s what I always strive for when I prepare our meals. I love your blog, and I’ve already signed up to receive your upcoming posts.