As Promised…Simple Family Dinner

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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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!


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!


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!


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.


This recipe may be old but it is awesome! I’ve never seen my 2 1/2 year old eat so much broccoli. My husband loved it- gave it an A+. Such an easy weeknight dinner. My family is loving every meal and I’m excited about cooking for them. Thank you for inspiring me!