As the More is More Mom, I am all about … more pasta dinners! Some nights I feel like a short-order cook. Nick likes pasta, rice, and potatoes, while Amanda never met a steak or a burger she didn’t like. One of my favorite dishes is campanelle pasta with Broccolini and Italian sausage, something for everyone. (Of course, Chuck and I eat it all mixed together, while the kids eat a deconstructed version, meaning ingredients not touching …)
Campanelle Pasta with Broccolini and Italian Sausage
This recipe serves six (or four really hungry people)
One 16 oz box campanelle pasta, I’m a fan of the Barilla (you can certainly use any shell-type pasta)
One bunch of Broccolini (a hybrid vegetable of broccoli and asparagus, though broccoli florettes work well too)
2 tablespoons olive oil
One chopped onion, approximately 1 cup
Six cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 pound Italian sausage, remove the casings
1-1/2 cups marinara sauce, homemade or from a jar; I like Prego
3/4 cup fresh grated cheese, such as Parmesan or a pecorino Romano
I like to prep my ingredients before I get my meals underway:
Trim the Broccolini
Chop the onion
Mince the garlic
Remove the casings from three Italian sausages (I grill those that remain for my kids)
Grate the cheese
Bring a large pot of water to a boil
Cook the campanelle pasta for approximately fifteen minutes. (I always make a double batch of pasta because Nick loves leftovers.)
Drain and mix with one stick of butter per box of pasta.
Now, if you are not going to deconstruct the dish, you can add the Broccolini to the pasta during the last three or four minutes that the pasta cooks. I cooked the Broccolini in a separate pot of boiling water for three to four minutes. Drain and set aside. Any Broccolini that is not going into the pasta dish can be slathered with butter (the only way to choke down the veggies).
Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, cooking for two or three minutes.Add the sausage, break up and brown for approximately six minutes. Add the pasta and the Broccolini, tossing until well combined. Add the marinara sauce, until warmed through. Sprinkle generously with cheese and serve.
Now my pals prefer buttered noodles with grilled sausage and buttered Broccolini on the side. Something for everyone.
More individual preferences, more delicious dinners, more time together …