As Promised…Simple Family Dinner

April 26th, 2010 · 10 Comments · Dinner, Rituals

Ok, so you haven’t forgotten about this week’s family dinner, have you? Since you are following my every word, you remembered to pick a night this week when everyone was home, right? And since I am following your every word, I know that you want something easy. Like under 20 minutes easy. Here we go. Let me know how you do.

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook 1 pound of orecchiette (or other small pasta) according to package directions. Drain and reserve about 1/4 cup of the pasta water.

Meanwhile, while the pasta cooks, heat a little olive oil in a large skillet. Cook a 1/2 pound of sweet pork sausage (about two links or approximately the amount pictured above) whose casings have been removed. Break up the meat. After meat has lost its pink color, add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar, and a handful of something green such as frozen peas or chopped broccoli florets (or broccolini) and cook about 7 to 10 minutes.

Transfer sausage mixture to a bowl; add the pasta, a little butter, reserved pasta water, and 1/3 cup grated Parmesan. Add salt & pepper. Toss to combine.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 blissmamaof3 // Apr 26, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    This sounds so good, dinner tonight is planned but I’ll make it Tuesday. It’s definitely going into the rotation of regulars.

  • 2 jenny // Apr 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    blissmama- i’m making it on Tuesday, too!

  • 3 blissmamaof3 // Apr 26, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    yeah, we’ll be cooking together, I cannot tell you how excited I am to have found your blog! cannot wait for the book to come out :)

  • 4 blissmamaof3 // Apr 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    this was delicious!

  • 5 nikki // Apr 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    my first dinner enjoyed by dh and toddlers alike. my dh actually gave me my first complement in ages on dinner. THANKYOU! more like this please!

  • 6 Melissa // May 6, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Made this last night and LOVED it. My husband also liked it. I am really loving your blog. It’s right up my alley. I’m a working mother of an 18-month old and I love to cook. It’s really important to me to make dinner at least a few times a week. I appreciate the recipes and the shortcuts you are sharing. Keep up the great work!

  • 7 how to have family dinner | dinner | Dinner: A Love Story // Jun 14, 2010 at 10:11 am

    [...] links of sweet pork sausage, some broccoli (or peas), and Parmesan and check back in on Monday for a superfast pasta recipe that I’ll be making for my family, too. It will be almost like we are all eating dinner [...]

  • 8 Catherine // Aug 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    This has become a family staple in my house. It’s so easy and yummy! We love it!

  • 9 Christina // Oct 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I love this recipe. It is so simple and delicious. I’ve made this a few times in the past 3-4 months. It’s an easy meal that I keep coming back to!

  • 10 Awads // Sep 15, 2014 at 8:09 am

    i love this meal. So easy and my kid eats every bite (helps to call the pasta, “little ears.”) Definitely a go-to in our house.

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