409 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 230
  • 4 star values: 140
  • 3 star values: 28
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 2

Hot and spicy crowd pleaser!

Susan
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • In a skillet, fry sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain, and reserve.

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  • In the same skillet, cook garlic in olive oil until golden.

  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes or until done; drain. Three minutes before the end of the cooking time, add broccoli; drain with pasta.

  • In a large serving bowl, toss together the sausage, olive oil and garlic, cavatelli and broccoli, and Parmesan. Season with red pepper flakes.

Nutrition Facts

548 calories; 33 g total fat; 45 mg cholesterol; 470 mg sodium. 45.5 g carbohydrates; 18.4 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2004
Made this for dinner last nite with a few changes. I used 2 lbs of sausage (4 sausages 1 hot 3 mild).After cooking the sausages with 4 garlic cloves and 3/4 of a med onion chopped I cut the sausages into pieces about 1/4 inch thich drained the grease added fresh basil and a 28 oz can of whole tomatoes with basil 'squishing' the tomatoes. Also deglazed the pan with a little merlot. My husband and I really enjoyed it the tomatoes made a great light tasting sauce. Used fresh grated parmesan. Blended well. We're having it again tonite. Yum!
(117)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/13/2016
Incredibly dry and tasteless.
409 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 230
  • 4 star values: 140
  • 3 star values: 28
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2004
Made this for dinner last nite with a few changes. I used 2 lbs of sausage (4 sausages 1 hot 3 mild).After cooking the sausages with 4 garlic cloves and 3/4 of a med onion chopped I cut the sausages into pieces about 1/4 inch thich drained the grease added fresh basil and a 28 oz can of whole tomatoes with basil 'squishing' the tomatoes. Also deglazed the pan with a little merlot. My husband and I really enjoyed it the tomatoes made a great light tasting sauce. Used fresh grated parmesan. Blended well. We're having it again tonite. Yum!
(117)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2008
WOW! Excellent recipe! My husbands new favorite! I added more garlic and more crushed red pepper. I always steam the broccoli and toss it with the pasta and sausage at the end. If the mixture isn't moist enough I toss in additional broccoli steaming water to our level of moistness. I only use hot turkey italian sausage (for fat/calorie purposes) but real hot italian sausage is the most flavorful. I normally remove casings and cook the sausage until it's well cooked and crumbly. I'm not a huge salt fan but I do add salt to this dish to compliment the dish well. It was out of this world! Thank you Susan!
(71)
Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2004
I changed this recipe around alittle. First I used chicken broth instead of oil. I also used sliced chicken sausage and omitted the red pepper flakes. My husband and I enjoyed it. Quick and easy.
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Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2007
I'm going to rate this as a 3.5 for how it is written. I didn't intend on all the additions but it evolved as needed. With changes it was 5. I browned the turkey italian sausage until crisp then added approx. 1/2 C chopped onion approx. 1/2 C sliced mushrooms and 1 chopped tomatoe along with the garlic. Also added a variety of spices. Only used 3/4 lb. of Barilla Plus Penne and added the al dente pasta and thawed broccoli into skillet. Stired and added about a cup of chicken broth 1/2 C skim evaporated milk and a handful of parm. cheese. Take off heat and let rest 5-10 minutes stiring frequently until desired consistency.
(55)
Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2004
This is an excellent recipe - garlic red pepper flakes and hot Italian sausage - yum! I have made this with both asparagus and broccoli will try spinach next. You can usually find Cavatelli at Italian Markets like A.G. Ferreri but any pasta shaped like Penne will work great. A must try recipe!!
(33)
Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2004
I made a reduced version of this with 2 sausages a splash of olive oil 4 garlic cloves (I like my garlic) about 1.5 cups chopped FRESH broccoli 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes about 1/4 cup parmesan and some fresh asparagus. I prepared exactly as per recipe except I boiled the broccoli 6 minutes instea of 3; and I sauteed the asparagus chopped at the same time as the garlic in order to soften it. The flavours were a very good mix & I would definitely to it again. I recommend chopping the sausage BEFORE frying assuming you want it chopped; it will cook much faster that way. If you like this try Asparagus Chicken and Penne Pasta from this website it is really very similar.
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2003
This is a keeper! Easy and delicious. I used a bit more sausage (hot) and used 1/4 c. butter with 1/4 c. olive oil. I couldn't find cavatelli so I used penne. Still great. Thanks!
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2003
This was very quick to make and very tasty! It is similar to one of my favorite dishes at a local restaraunt.
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
05/27/2010
Being Italian this is a regular meal in our home. Although I prepare it a little differently the basics are there for a tasty dish. I just wanted to make a very minor comment. The dish that is pictured for this recipe is made with rotini not cavatelli. The difference is not just the shape of the pasta but that cavatelli is made with ricotta cheese. This makes the taste and texture quite different. You can usually find it in the frozen section of your grocery store or refrigerated at most Italian stores. Better yet (if you have a little extra time make it yourself...it will add a whole new dimension to this recipe.
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