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One-pot orecchiette with sausage and broccoli

It's been a hot minute since we served up a recipe! And this is a winner. With the rain & cold temps, I've been craving comfort food: soups, stews & carbs. Enter this one-pot lemony orecchiette with sausage and broccoli. It's packed full of flavor, and the fresh lemon juice brings it all together with a POP of bright citrus. I adapted the original recipe to give it added texture & savory depth, and our family has been requesting it since I first whipped it up. This dish is hearty but light -- and perfect for a busy weeknight; it comes together in very little time & you truly only need one pot ... making cleanup a breeze. I recommend pairing this with a side of crusty bread & salad. Enjoy!


Natalie & Ashley


  • Olive oil

  • 16 ounces spicy (or mild) Italian sausage, casing removed

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more to your taste)

  • 4 cubes chicken bouillon (or more to your taste)

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • 8 ounces uncooked orecchiette pasta

  • 2 cups chopped uncooked broccoli florets (or broccolini)

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • Juice of one lemon

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • Optional: 1 cup sundried tomatoes (prefer homemade)

  • 1/3 cups, fresh chopped basil


  1. Coat a large nonstick soup pot with olive oil; heat over medium high heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring often and breaking apart sausage with a wooden spoon, until well-browned, 8 minutes; remove sausage to a bowl.

  2. Add onion, salt & pepper; cook, stirring often, until onion is softened, 5-8 minutes. Add garlic and hot pepper flakes; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add broth & chicken bouillon cubes; bring to a boil over high heat. Add pasta; cook, stirring frequently, 8 minutes. Add broccolini; cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente, about 4 minutes more.

  3. Stir in cooked sausage, 3 tablespoons Parmesan, lemon zest, lemon juice & tomatoes; garnish with basil, and remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan.

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