One of our family’s favorite weeknight dinners, this Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Pasta is a crowd pleaser and made with simple but delicious ingredients.
Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Pasta
This pasta recipe is in weekly rotation at our house. It’s one of those meals that is universally enjoyed by both adults and kids. And since Luca rarely ever eats meat, I love that he’ll gobble up a big bowl of this (and it has broccoli in it!) I love that you can see the broccoli, because it’s important that kids see the vegetables they’re being offered and eating, not just hidden into their foods (but there is a time and place for that, too!)
While you could totally use regular wheat pasta here, I love using chickpea pasta, as another way to squeeze in nutrients, because, why not? Luca gets plenty of wheat in his diet, so when we make pasta at home, I like to have a ‘bigger bang for the buck.’ We love Banza Rotini, but use whatever brands work for your family – or just sub in ‘regular’ pasta.
The secret here is using a flavorful chicken sausage – I love Premio brand chicken sausage, or you could buy some ground chicken sausage meat if you can find it at your local grocery store. Whole Foods’ butcher section has some great sweet Italian chicken sausage links that I often buy for this recipe, too.
Chickpea pasta tends to not save very well in the fridge, so this isn’t exactly a meal prep friendly recipe, BUT you can definitely prep all of the ingredients beforehand (the chicken sausage and broccoli) so that when you go to make it for a meal, all you need to do is cook the pasta and toss everything together!
If you’re dairy free, you totally don’t have to use Parmesan cheese – sometimes we go without it, too. It’s still a crowd pleaser! And I love serving this to Luca in our Happy Bowl.