Cooking and Recipes | Why this pasta should go viral next

Viral pasta recipes, like Gigi Hadid’s Spicy Vodka Pasta or the popular Baked Feta Pasta, all have one unifying factor: they’re easy to make. I think I’ve found the next pasta to go viral: sausage and broccoli pasta.

This pasta has everything from the saltiness of sausage to the unique texture of broccoli; it is truly a delight. Although this recipe is light on seasoning, allow me to allay your fears – this pasta is packed with flavor. The lack of added spices and herbs allows the base pasta ingredients – sausage and broccoli – to really shine.

Instead of Pecorino Romano cheese, I used grated parmesan simply because that was what was available in my fridge. Both successfully provide a salty and nutty element to the dish, so I encourage you to try one or the other.

The red pepper flakes really spice up this pasta, and they’re one of my favorite toppings in general. Red pepper flakes spice up dishes not only in flavor but also in color. This pasta was extremely satisfying and everyone in my family went for it for seconds. Enjoy!

Serves 4-6 (makes 6 servings) | Handling time: 10 minutes | Total duration: 30 minutes | Source:


1 pound penne pasta

16 ounces broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces

1 tablespoon olive oil

6 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound minced Italian pork sausage

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (plus more to taste)

1 cup grated Pecorino Romano (plus more for serving)

1/2 tablespoon lemon zest


  1. Heat a large pot of water to boiling. Once boiling, generously salt the water then add the pasta and cook al dente. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the broccoli florets. Before draining, reserve 2 cups of cooking water. Drain the pasta and broccoli, then set aside.
  2. Return the pan to the stove and bring the heat to medium-high. Add olive oil. Once hot, add the Italian sausage and crumble it at the start of cooking. When the sausage is no longer pink, add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook until the sausage is browned.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, then return the pasta and broccoli to the pan.
  4. Next, add 1 1/2 cups pasta water, grated cheese, and fresh lemon zest to the pan and stir until well blended. The pasta water will help create a thin sauce that coats the pasta. Add the extra 1/2 cup of pasta water to create more sauce if needed.
  5. Serve pasta with additional grated cheese, red pepper flakes and fresh lemon zest on top.

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