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Penne with Turkey Sausage, Garlic and Broccoli

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Penne with Turkey Sausage, Garlic and Broccoli

Things have been a little foggy this week and it is only Tuesday! My one year old is teething and lets just say…he is the “bad teething” kind of baby.  Coffee. Coffee. AND more coffee.Lots of sleepless nights around our house.

Since we have been just a tad tired this week quick and easy dinners is the name of the game in our house  in my kitchen!

Have I mentioned I love Cooking Light for just this occasion?

I get the magazine in the mail and immediately flip through to find what great recipes they have. The magazine always promises at least a handful of quick and easy (healthy) dinner recipes. That’s well worth every penny I pay for that magazine!

When things get crazy around our house I make something simple for dinner Mac & Cheese, or a pasta bake or…

quick and easy Penne with Turkey Sausage, Broccoli and Garlic

I found this colorful Penne with Turkey Sausage, Garlic and Broccoli dish in Cooking Light. You can make this in about 15 minutes (20 minutes if you’re chasing around a one year old in the process).

The name of this recipes makes up the four main ingredients:

Fresh broccoli..
chopped broccoli for Penne with Turkey Sausage
tomato & carrot pasta (delish by the way- but any pasta will do)
dry pasta for Penne with Turkey Sausage

spicy turkey Italian sausage from Trader Joes (once again you can use whatever sausage you like)

spicy Italian sausage for Penne with Turkey Sausage
and  fresh garlic.
cloves of garlic for Penne with Turkey Sausage

This recipe has great flavor and a little kick from the crushed red pepper (which can be taken out for less spice).

Dig in! I promise you won’t be disappointed with this Penne with Turkey Sausage.
bowl of Penne with Turkey Sausage
prepared Penne with Turkey Sausage
Penne with Turkey Sausage from A Cedar Spoon

Penne with Turkey Sausage, Garlic and Broccoli Recipe

Penne with Turkey sausage dinner

  • Author: Slightly adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Pasta


Quick and easy pasta dish that the whole family will like.



  • 1 bunch of broccoli
  • 8 ounces of penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces of turkey Italian sausage (I bought the spicy Italian sausage at Trader Joes)
  • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Steam broccoli (or cook however you like) for about 5 minutes, or until bright green
  2. Remove the broccoli and rinse with cold water, drain and coarsely chop.
  3. Return water to a boil and add pasta, cooking according to directions.
  4. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.
  5. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casing from sausage and cook for 4 minutes or until browned. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in broccoli, cook for another minute, continually stirring. Stir in past, reserve liquid, 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper cook for 1 minute or until heated through.
  6. Serve immediately or refrigerate.


If you do not want the added spice in this dish omit the crushed red pepper.

Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine

I would love to hear from you : What are your quick and easy dinner go to recipes?

 Other great quick and easy pasta recipes:

Fresh Vegetable Pasta: Bluebonnets & Brownies

Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo: Peas and Crayons

Farfalle in Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce: In Sock Monkey Slippers

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Jenn @ peas and crayons

Friday 23rd of October 2015

LOOOOOOOVE easy dinners like this! <3

Sausage, Tomato, and Arugula Fettuccine | A Cedar Spoon | A Cedar Spoon

Wednesday 31st of October 2012

[...] is another one of those recipes that doesn’t take a lot of ingredients (similar to this Penne with Turkey Sausage, Garlic and Broccoli I made last week) and can be made in under 15 minutes. It was so easy to make and tasted great.  [...]


Wednesday 24th of October 2012

I love quick and easy pastas - such a great week night meal! I will have try to the flavored pasta - what a great idea!

A Cedar Spoon

Wednesday 24th of October 2012

Thanks! Yes, I love the easy pastas in our house. When I get home I am SO tired and find it hard to make complicated meals (wish I could find the energy!). I found the flavored pastas the other day- they make all kinds now. Vegetable flavors, basil name it! :)