Ricotta Orecchiette Salsiccia with Broccoli and Bruschetta


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Ricotta Orecchiette Salsiccia with Broccoli and Bruschetta

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    No cream or butter required to make this creamy Orecchiette broccoli and sausage pasta. Serve with Bruschetta for the ultimate Italian weeknight meal.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 6
    Broccoli and Sausage Pasta
    Hy-Vee Salt
    4 head(s) broccoli, cut into florets
    1 (1 lbs.) pkg. orecchiette pasta
    2 tbsp. Gustare Vita olive oil
    4 clove(s) garlic, minced
    1 tsp. red pepper flakes
    2 tbsp. whole fennel seeds
    1 (1 lbs.) pkg. fresh ground pork sausage
    2 oz. Parmigiano Reggiano, finely shredded, plus additional for garnish
    4 oz. Pecorino Romano, finely shredded
    Tomato and Basil Bruschetta
    6 slice(s) Hy-Vee Bakery Tuscano Bread
    ¼ c. Gustare Vita olive oil, divided
    1 c. cherry tomatoes , finely chopped
    ¼ c. fresh basil, finely chopped
    1 tbsp. Gustare Vita balsamic glaze
    Hy-Vee salt, to taste
    Hy-Vee ground black pepper , to taste

    Things To Grab

    • Large saucepan
    • Colander
    • Large skillet
    • Meat thermometer
    • Large baking sheet
    • Medium bowl
    • Spatula


    1. Prepare Broccoli and Sausage Pasta: Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add broccoli, cook for 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain the broccoli, reserving pasta water; set aside.

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      Before draining your pasta water, reserve some of that salty, starchy water to add back into your pasta and sauce. After mixing the pasta with the sauce, add about 1/4 cup at a time until you reach a silky consistency. (The starchy water helps the sauce cling to the pasta.)
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    2. Add pasta to reserved broccoli water. Bring to boiling and cook pasta according to package directions.

    3. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil garlic, red pepper flakes, fennel seeds, and sausage. Cook until sausage is cooked through (165 degrees), breaking up large pieces with a wooden spoon. Add cooked broccoli and continue to cook for 3 to 5 minutes until broccoli is broken up and forms a “sauce.”

    4. Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup pasta water. Add pasta to the sausage and broccoli mixture. Add reserved pasta water, a little at a time, until pasta sauce reaches desired consistency. Stir in Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino Romano cheeses until melted.

    5. Prepare Bruschetta: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add sliced bread to a large baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Bake 7 to 8 minutes, or until bread is toasted.

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      If desired, smash garlic cloves and rub onto bread slices. This gives the bread a mild garlicky flavor that pairs well with the bruschetta.
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    6. Meanwhile, mix together garlic, tomatoes, and basil in a medium bowl. Stir in balsamic glaze, black pepper, and remaining olive oil. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper, set aside.

    7. Just before serving, top bruschetta with tomato and basil mixture. Serve with Orecchiette pasta topped with additional grated cheese, if desired.

    Nutrition facts


    810 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 39g
    • Cholesterol: 85mg
    • Sodium: 600mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 79g
    • Protein: 36g

    Daily Values

    Iron 20%
    Calcium 30%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 8%

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