Sausage & Broccoli Pasta

I’ve recently discovered pasta made from red lentils or chickpeas instead of your usual wheat. They are gluten-free and also higher in protein and fibre, which make them a good healthy choice. If cooked correctly, they also I believe taste amazing, more like the same texture as fresh pasta, And so I have become converted. In this recipe I use red lentil pasta, but you can use whatever you prefer or have available. Removing sausage meat from the skins is fiddly and a bit messy, but worth it and the addition of fennel seeds is optional but adds extra flavour to the dish. Sprinkling cheese over the finished dish is not necessary and if you are trying to cut down on calories should be avoided, but everyone deserves a treat sometimes and everything tastes nicer with the addition of cheese.

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Sausage & Broccoli Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
To prepare:
  1. Peel and thinly slice the onion. Thinly slice the chilli.
  2. Peel and crush the garlic.
  3. Add the onion, chilli and garlic to a large frying pan with the olive oil.
  4. Weigh out the pasta in to a deep saucepan.
  5. Fill and boil the kettle.
  6. Peel the casing from the sausages and break the meat up in to small chunks.
  7. Cut the tomato in to bite size pieces and the broccoli in to 5 cm lengths. You can use the stems as well.
  8. Grate the cheese.
To cook:
  1. Pour the boiling water in to the pan of pasta and leave to simmer for time according to pack instructions, generally approx 10 minutes.
  2. Heat the frying pan over a medium-high heat and fry its contents, stirring regularly for 2 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle in the fennel seeds and stir.
  4. Add the sausage meat and continue to stir regularly while frying for another 5 minutes.
  5. With 3 minutes left to cook on the pasta, add the broccoli to the pan with it.
  6. Meanwhile add the chopped tomatoes to the pan with the sausage mix. Continue to stir regularly.
  7. Once the pasta is cooked drain and keep to one side.
  8. Add the spinach to the pan with the sausage and stir until wilted.
  9. Remove from the heat and pour the pasta broccoli mix in to the pan with the sausage. Stir well to combine before dividing between 2 bowls to serve.
  10. Finish by sprinkling over the grated cheese. enjoy.
Recipe Notes

If you make this, let me know how it goes and share your photos.  I’d also love to hear how you adapt it to suit yourself.

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