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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Broccoli Sausage Summer Pasta

Here's a quick easy pasta dish - easy for week day lunches and easy to freeze!

I buy HyVee brand brats - you can usually find them on sale if you watch for them.  For this dish I used 2 green onion brats and 2 italian sausage brats.  I have check multiple times and these are gluten free and safe to eat!  To prepare them - simmer brats for a bit in a covered skillet until heated/cooked through.  Then drain the water from the pan - add a little oil.  Turn up the heat, add the brats back in and cook for color!

Let the brats rest for a bit.  In that pan where you cooked the brat - sauté some diced onions.  I buy already diced onions at Trader Joes.  One package should do.  This will be the base of your sauce.  In the mean time - cut up one head of broccoli and slice up 2 lemons.  Toss the lemons & broccoli in a little olive oil and dust with black pepper - put in the oven to roast at 375 for however long it takes for the pasta to cook and the sauce to finish. 

Get the pasta cooking in boiling water.  I use either brown rice pasta or corn pasta from Trader Joes.  You can find a wide variety at Hyvee also but they're a little more expensive.  Once the pasta is almost done - scoop out about a cup of the starchy pasta water and set aside.  Drain the pasta once cooked.

Broccoli and lemons are roasting in the oven, pasta is cooked or still cooking.  In the pan where your onions are now sautéing - cut up the brats into bite sizes and add them back to the pan.  Turn up the heat.  Add one small scoop of Trader Joes crushed garlic.  Pour in about 3/4 a cup of the starchy pasta water you saved out.  Let this come to a high simmer.  Add the juice of 2 lemons.  Just let it cook for a few minutes until it reduces slightly.

To finish - put the pasta back in its cooking pot.  Take the broccoli and lemons out of the oven and add to the pasta.  Pour the sausage sauce over the pasta and toss all together.  Serve hot or cold, great to freeze or dish up for lunches.  Enjoy!!