Orecchiette with Broccoli and Sausage

Orecchette with Sausage
Whenever I go out to an Italian restaurant, I find this on the menu.  The reason it’s there is because it is so good and easy to make.  You can’t go wrong with a pasta dish as good as this one.


1 LB Orecchiette Pasta
¼ Cup Olive Oil
4 Cloves Garlic  – Chopped
1 LB Italian Sausage Meat
1 Head Broccoli – Florets only
1 Cup Grating Cheese
¼ Cup Parsley – chopped
 In a large stockpot, boil the pasta following the package directions.  Cook until the      pasta is al dente.  Reserve 1 cup pasta water
In a large skillet, brown the sausage meat.  Once it is brown, remove it from the pan.
Heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the chopped garlic.  Saute for 1-2 minutes.  Add the broccoli florets to the olive oil and sauté until tender.
Add the browned sausage meat back to the pan.   Add the pasta and  the pasta water.  Continue cooking for 1 minute.Remove from the heat and add the cheese and parsley.

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