Costco is one of my favorite places to go grocery shopping- hello deals! But one of the hardest things for me is coming up with recipes to utilize the impulse buys I made on my latest big box trip. The last couple times, Bill and I have bought different types of chicken sausage- we opted for the chicken apple sausage this time! We’ve enjoyed them as an easy protein addition in chopped salads as well as on a simple bun during a BBQ. I decided to get a little creative and actually incorporate the sausage into a recipe I know and love, instead of using it as lazy meal option. The creamy, yet light sauce balances the sweet and savory from the sausage. Sneak in some broccoli and cauliflower and you’ve got a nutritious and delicious meal. Enjoy!
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound sweet chicken or turkey sausage (I used Chicken Apple Sausages), sliced into rounds
1 medium yellow onion, diced
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound broccoli or cauliflower, stemmed and cut into 1-inch florets
1 pound Penne or other short pasta
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup tightly packed, finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the sausage slices and cook, until nicely browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside in a large bowl.
Reduce the heat to medium, add onions, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, so the onions don’t burn. Once onions have softened and are just starting to brown, turn off the heat.
Once the water has come to a boil, add the broccoli and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Set broccoli aside with the sausage.
Return the water to a boil, add pasta, and cook according to the package directions or until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water, drain and rinse pasta with cool water.
Bring the pan of onions back to medium heat, add the cream and milk and stir, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the sausage, broccoli, pasta and Parmesan cheese. If the sauce is too creamy add reserved pasta water. Gently stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Serve topped with freshly grated Parmesan.