- High Protein
Spicy Italian sausage is delicious and cooks quickly, making it perfect for an easy weeknight dinner idea. Paired with al dente Barilla pasta, fresh broccoli, savoury pesto and mozzarella cheese, this recipe is a perfectly well-balanced meal for sharing!
Ingredients 5 Number of Servings
1 box Barilla Farfalle pasta
½ pound crumbled Italian turkey sausage
6 cups broccoli florets
1 jar fresh basil Pesto
8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese in 1/2-inch balls
Fresh basil leaves (optional)
In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, breaking up with a wooden spoon, for 10 to 12 minutes or until cooked through.
In a large pot, bring 4 to 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil; add salt to taste and the Barilla Farfalle pasta; stir gently. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli for the last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking. Remove from heat and drain well.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat pesto over medium-low heat until heated through; toss with pasta. Add the sausage to the pasta along with the mozzarella cheese.
- To serve, garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired.
Customize it: Vary this simple dinner with cauliflower or peas instead of broccoli, or Marinara sauce rather than Basil Pesto.