Sausage Orecchiette

by Tikofoods
6 Servings
30 min

This spicy sausage pasta is so delicious! You can use any type of pasta but I just love orecchiette. Substitute mild sausages depending on spice preference. Optional - add steamed broccoli florets for more veg! The brocolli pairs so well but is also a delicious, vegetarian friendly substitution for the sausage.

Sometimes simplicity really is best! This recipe takes it back to basics with minimal ingredients and steps. It comes together quickly and doesn't even require a sauce! All the flavors come from the sausage mixed with onion, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Yum!

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Recipe details
  • 6  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • Water to boil
  • 2 cups of dry orecchiette pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 spicy pork sausages
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 small diced brown onion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/2 tbsp dried chili flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 pepper
  • 2-3 cups of spinach
  • 3/4 cups of the reserved pasta water
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan

Bring a pot of generously salted water to a boil
Add the orecchiette and boil as per box instructions until tender
Drain the pasta, reserving the pasta water
Drizzle pasta with olive oil and mix to prevent sticking
In a pan, crumble 2 spicy sausages and cook through
Once cooked, set the sausages aside and add 3 - 4 tbsp butter to the pan
Using a spatula, scrape up any remaining sausage bits (fond)
Add the diced onion and minced garlic clove
Season with chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Sauté the onion and garlic until translucent
Combine the pasta, sausage, onions, garlic, and spinach
Add the reserved pasta water and mix together until spinach wilts
Mix in the parmesan and adjust according to taste
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