This is easy, includes most of the food groups, and is delicious to boot! Everything you want in one bowl. I make this often, it is one of those “go to” dishes when I want something fairly healthy and quick. There are few ingredients involved and only two pans required. This meal can easily be ready in 30 minutes. The following picture displays the majority of the ingredients you will use. As depicted, to remove the turkey sausage casings simply split them lightly down the middle, with a sharp knife, then they easily peel away:
Since you might just want to make this right away, let’s get to it!
In a large pot, heat a 5-6 quarts of water, adding salt, to a rolling boil. While waiting for the water to boil, lightly spray, with oil, a non-stick fry pan and place on a burner at medium-high heat. Strip the sausage from their casings, place in the heated fry pan with the sliced garlic. Break the sausage into small pieces and cook until done. If the sausage contains water, which is often the case, keep frying it until the water evaporates. At this point, keep cooking the sausage and garlic several more minutes to develop caramelization on the meat and a light crispiness to the garlic. This will impart more flavor to the final product. When the meat is done, leave it in the pan but remove from heat.
Once the water is at a full boil, throw the pasta into the pot. The pasta will have a suggested cooking time on the package. Whatever that time is suggested, reduce the cooking time by 3-4 minutes. For example, if the package says to cook the pasta for 9-10 minutes, set a timer for about 6 minutes. Pasta will not be finished cooking at this time. When the timer goes off, add the fresh broccoli to the same pasta pot. They will finish cooking together, which will take about 4-5 minutes (depending on the doneness you prefer).
When the broccoli/pasta is done cooking, drain it all together in a large colander. Put the butter in the now empty cooking pot. Return the pasta and broccoli to the buttered pot. Stir to coat. Now add the previously cooked sausage and garlic to the pasta and stir to thoroughly combine. Serve immediately topped with parmesan cheese (if you prefer a spicy dish you can use spicy sausage or add crushed red pepper flakes to the sausage during the browning stage).
"To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not not watch them in the making." - Otto von Bismarck