Sausage Pasta Skillet

Sausage Pasta Skillet
Pasta with sausage, broccoli and fresh basil in a skillet
Yield: 6 servings
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup onion, scrubbed with clean vegetable brush under running water, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can crushed tomatoes, no salt added
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, gently rubbed under cold running water OR 1 Tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 links smoked sausage with Mozzarella cheese (½ pound), cut into 1/4-inch slices*
  • 11 ounces whole wheat pasta, uncooked
  • 3 cups broccoli florets, gently rubbed under cold running water OR 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli
  • ½ cup pasta water
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh herbs, such as basil, parsley or oregano, gently rubbed under cold running water (optional)


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until softened. Add garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, basil and oregano and cook 15 minutes, until slightly reduced. 
  4. Add sausage and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Cook pasta according to package directions. Add fresh or frozen broccoli during the last 3 minutes of cooking.
  6. Reserve ½ cup pasta water. Drain the rest of the water from the pasta and broccoli and set aside.
  7. Add pasta water and Parmesan cheese to the sauce and stir until combined.
  8. Add cooked pasta and broccoli and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Stir well.
  9. Serve topped with more fresh herbs, such as basil, oregano or parsley, if desired.
  10. Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to four days.

*Other types of smoked sausage can be used, such as beef, chicken, turkey, Italian and Polish sausage.  

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories 280
  • Total Fat 15g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 30mg
  • Sodium 450mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 24g
  • Fiber 4g
  • Total Sugars 4g, includes 0g Added Sugars
  • Protein 13g
  • Vitamin D 0%
  • Calcium 10%
  • Iron 15%
  • Potassium 8%
Nutrition Software Used: 
ESHA Food Processor