Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Pasta

final dish in cast iron pan with garnish ingredients and wooden spoon

This pasta packs a serious punch – the bright lemon combined with spicy sausage and charred broccoli creates complex flavor from just a few ingredients. Plus – it comes together in thirty minutes!


  • 23 heads of fresh broccoli
  • 1 lb hot pork sausage (uncased)

  • 1 lb orecchiette 

  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested

  • Salt, pepper, granulated garlic and red pepper flakes to taste

  • Olive Oil

  • 1/2 c parmesan cheese + more for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Chop broccoli into florets and toss with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic to taste. Roast for 20 minutes or until lightly charred.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet to medium-high. Add sausage to the hot skillet and allow to sit for 3-4 minutes or until deeply browned before flipping. Break apart sausage with a wooden spoon and cook crisp on the edges.

  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, add pasta and stir. 

  4. Stir in lemon juice and zest, ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste. Incorporate a drizzle of olive oil, ½ cup of parmesan cheese, and ½ cup of pasta water. 

  5. Stir until all seasoning is incorporated and pasta is lightly coated. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Gently fold broccoli into the pasta.

  6. To serve, top with more parmesan, pepper, or lemon zest as desired.