Cheesy Penne with Broccoli and Chicken Sausage



Cheesy Penne with Broccoli and Chicken Sausage

This Cheesy Penne with Broccoli and Chicken Sausage makes a great quick and easy meal. I’ve made it twice in a two week time period, and I can’t get over how simple it is to throw together. Not only that, but it tastes great and is even fairly nutritious! I love any type of cheesy pasta, and the homemade cheese sauce in this dish is light and full of flavor. Add in some broccoli and chicken sausage and you’ve got a complete meal that your whole family will love. As an added bonus, the reheated leftovers taste great as well! Enjoy :)

Cheesy Penne with Broccoli and Chicken Sausage

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Cheesy Penne with Broccoli and Chicken Sausage

Ingredients:

8 ounces uncooked mini penne pasta
5 cups broccoli florets (about 1 medium head)
2 links chicken sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 1/3 cups milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, add broccoli to the pot. Drain and place pasta and broccoli in a large bowl.

Meanwhile, lightly coat a small saucepan with cooking spray. Over medium heat, cook the chicken sausage pieces, stirring frequently, until lightly browned. Add to the bowl with the pasta and broccoli.

In a medium sized saucepan, combine the milk and flour, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Add 3 tablespoons Parmesan and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add cheese mixture to pasta mixture; toss. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and serve immediately.

adapted from Cooking Light

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6 Responses to “Cheesy Penne with Broccoli and Chicken Sausage”

  1. 1

    Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 12, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    I love simple pasta dishes like this one, Megan. And we always have chicken sausage in the fridge. I think I might have this for lunch today!

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — March 12, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    This looks like a great spring pasta dish. I love chicken sausage and broccoli, so having them in a cheesy sauce sounds even more appealing!

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    Kathy — March 12, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    This sounds delicious! My family loves chicken sausage. And broccoli and pasta for that matter! Sounds like a win in my book!

  4. 4

    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 12, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    another fantastic meal idea from you Megan. I love chicken sausage and finding new ways to use it. :)

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — March 12, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

    I love dishes that make great tasting leftovers!

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    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — March 13, 2013 @ 12:53 am

    This looks fantastic!

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