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Farfalle with Turkey Sausage and Broccoli

March 7, 2011

What a weekend!! It’s was a whirlwind of a weekend with Sunday being a day that all of us crashed and burned. Can I say NAPTIME?? Of course, you can only crash and burn so much as a mother, right? I still had to cook dinner. But I could strike against doing  the dishes–and I did. Unfortunately, they greeted me this morning.

Along with piles of laundry, a sinkful of dishes, and two dogs anxious to get a walk in before the next round of storminess hits, I was able to get in a great workout this morning. I love the feeling of being sore after a workout. And the husband? He’s up to running three miles now after a 3 year hiatus from running/exercise. Only 23 miles left to go before October’s marathon. 🙂

Last night I made this Farfalle with Turkey Sausage and Broccoli. It sounds so exotic, but I have a secret. It’s so easy to make! And it tastes delicious! You can substitute other vegetables in place of the broccoli. I chose broccoli because my kids love them, and my daughter HATES trying new foods. You can add other vegetables like peas if you wish.

The tangy sausage flavor adds just a little kick to the meal. But overall, it’s a great mild meal for you and your family to enjoy. You shouldn’t have any complaints about the meal being “too spicy.” And the kids will love the cheese and noodles.



  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey sausage, removed from casing and cut into bite sized pieces (or crumbled)
  • Freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste
  • 1 10oz package frozen broccoli or peas, defrosted
  • 1 lb farfalle pasta, uncooked (I used Barilla pasta)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan-reggiano cheese

In a large saucepan, bring 6 quarts of water to a boil.

While water is coming to a boil, in a large saute pan over high heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season the turkey with salt and pepper to taste.  Add the turkey and saute, breaking any large lumps of turkey. Continue to cook until turkey becomes a golden brown. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside for later use. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and heat.  Add the broccoli (or peas) and saute for approximately 4 minutes. Return the meat to the pan and cook the meat and vegetables for another 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

When the water in the large saucepan has come to a boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente (approximately 8 minutes).  Drain the pasta, than return the pasta back to the pan and add the meat mixture.  Combine the meat and vegetables thoroughly with the pasta and gently cook over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes. Drizzle the remaining olive oil in with the pasta, meat and vegetable mixture.  If the mixture is dry, use more olive oil if necessary. Turn off the heat and add the grated cheese. Stir in the cheese well and serve in large bowl.

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