Sweet Italian Sausage with Penne Pasta


  • 1lb penne pasta
  • 1lb broccoli floret
  • 8ounces Italian sausage, cut in bite-size chunks (sweet & mild)
  • 2tablespoons garlic, minced (you can use less if you want)
  • 2tablespoons olive oil
  • 2tablespoons butter
  • 12cup grated pecorino romano cheese


  1. Boil the water and cook the penne according to package directions. DO NOT ever add oil to the water! It will make your sauce slide off the pasta later.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil (medium-high heat) in a large skillet and saute the broccoli, sausage and garlic until tender and starting to brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Toss the butter, hot pasta, sausage mixture and romano cheese together and serve. Pass the grated cheese at the table.