Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Orecchiette

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x


An easy pasta recipe with broccoli, spicy sausage, and a simple cream sauce.



  • 1/2 lb. spicy Italian sausage
  • 1/2 lb. orecchiette pasta
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add sausage to skillet. Break sausage up with a wooden spoon and cook for 7-10 minutes or until cooked through. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cook the orecchiette in very salty water. When the pasta is 2-3 minutes away from being al dente, add the broccoli florets to the water to cook.
  3. When pasta is al dente, drain broccoli and pasta and set aside.
  4. Return pasta pot to stove, add cream, and heat cream over medium heat until simmering.
  5. Remove cream from heat and add pasta, broccoli, cooked sausage, red pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese and stir until cheese has melted.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.


Use quality parmesan cheese here – pre-shredded cheese is often treated with preservatives that prevent it from melting smoothly into a sauce. I like to buy a nice block of parmesan and shred it myself with a microplane or cheese grater.

Add any veggies you like to this pasta or swap the sausage out for chicken to switch it up!

Use 1/4 cup stock, milk, or pasta water in place of 1/4 cup of the cream to lighten this recipe up a little.