Orecchiette with Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Broccoli

Almost April and this is my first sausage pasta recipe for you? WHAT IS THIS RIFF RAFF.

Orecchiette with Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Broccoli / Bev Cooks

I have a feeling you’ll forgive me.

Because broccoli.

And sun-dried tomatoes.

And lemon.

And cheese.

(and the whole sausage and pasta thing I mentioned up there about eight seconds ago.)

Orecchiette with Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Broccoli / Bev Cooks

This is one of those recipes that takes little to zero brain work. You’ve done it all before. There’s no real mystery, except maybe the sun-dried tomatoes + broccoli. Have you tried that? Oh, honey child.

Also, I’m only 80% sure I spelled orechliwerlweihtet right. I can’t ever remember! That word always stumps me. And even when I look it up to double check I’m like ARE YOU SURE, INTERFLEX?

It doesn’t seem right. Two r’s? Two cc’s? Two hh’s? I DON’T KNOW.

It doesn’t feel right. Never does.

You’re like, you don’t feel right. In the head.

Orecchiette with Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Broccoli / Bev Cooks

Oh hey, chop that broccoli. You don’t have to get all Halloween on it, just a light chop. Gentle and friendly. It’s okay.

Orecchiette with Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Broccoli / Bev Cooks

You’ll basically brown your sausage (hot, medium, mild – this is YOUR DAY), and get the broccoli and tomatoes lightly sautéed in der.

In the meantime you’ve boiled the oreworiusdjxchverwtwei, and will just transfer it over with about a cupish of pasta water, to make the sauce. The water + lemon juice + existing pan flavorings extravaganza = you doing the Macarena. I do not lie about this.

Add some parm, a bit of lemon zest, lots of parsley, pinch of salt and…..

Orecchiette with Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Broccoli / Bev Cooks


Ridic. It’s so perfect. So much flavor. So much pizzazz.

Ohhh you know what, there used to be a little clothing store in my teenage hometown of Hobbs, New Mexico called PIZZAZZ. I never went.

Orecchiette with Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Broccoli / Bev Cooks

You need to make this. I don’t want to get bossy, but I’m prepared to.

Comforting, well balanced, all the citrus and cheese. GET IN THAT ALREADY.

Orecchiette with Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Broccoli / Bev Cooks


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  • 12 oz oriecchette pasta, cooked until al dente
  • 3 links Italian sausage, casings removed and sausage torn into pieces
  • 3 cups broccoli florets, lightly chopped
  • About a cup of sun-dried tomatoes (in oil), cut into strips (if they’re not already)
  • A cup of parsley leaves, chopped
  • About 1/3 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • One lemon, zested and juiced
  • Coarse salt and pepper


  1. Brown the sausage in a large skillet, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink.
  2. Remove the sausage from the pan and set it aside, while you add the chopped broccoli and a pinch of salt. Sauté about 3 minutes, until the color starts to pop. Add the sausage back to the skillet, along with the sun-dried tomatoes and lemon zest. At this point the pasta has reached al dente, so transfer it to the skillet using a sieve. Add about a cup of pasta water to the skillet, along with the juice from the lemon. Let it simmer a minute or so more, then turn off the heat and add the parmesan cheese. Set the lid on it and let it soak up some of the liquid and because saucy! (<—I get excited about things.)
  3. Take the lid off, give it all a good stir, taste and adjust with a little salt if needed. Then garnish with chopped parsley and more cheese. Serve to your face immediately!
  4. Serves 4.

Orecchiette with Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Broccoli / Bev Cooks

Like, tonight. ^


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20 Responses to Orecchiette with Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Broccoli

  1. Elizabeth March 22, 2018 at 8:38 am #
    Should the sun dried tomatoes be just dried in the bag or the kind lacked in oil? This looks amazing!!!
    • Bev Weidner March 22, 2018 at 9:07 am #
      Good question! I'll make the edit to clarify - I used the kind in oil! And just sort of brushed the oil off a bit. Hope that helps!
  2. Big Terry March 22, 2018 at 1:21 pm #
    Hi there, I'm wondering how long I should boil the oreworiusdjxchverwtwei for the recipe?
    • Bev Weidner March 23, 2018 at 5:51 am #
      Just until al dente! Or according to package directions. Usually takes like 8-10 minutes. Hope you enjoy!
  3. 2pots2cook March 23, 2018 at 5:10 am #
    Forgiven ! :-) Meraviglioso !
  4. Melia March 23, 2018 at 10:42 am #
    Did you use sweet or spicy sausage?
    • Bev Weidner March 23, 2018 at 11:04 am #
      I used spicy, but if mild or sweet is more your game, do that! Totally up to you. :)
      • Melia March 23, 2018 at 11:12 am #
        Thanks so much, Bev! Love your site and Instagram account.
  5. Katie March 23, 2018 at 11:22 pm #
    I have made a skinny taste version very similar but totally different and now I see what it lacks: LEMON AND SUN DRIED TOMATOES. I love you.
  6. Savannah March 24, 2018 at 4:41 pm #
    This sounds incredible! I tried a roasted carrot orrrrrrreccccccchiettttttteeee from Cooking Light this week, and I was a little obsessed with it. Pinning this bad boy for later.
  7. Ed Sac March 25, 2018 at 9:28 am #
    Hi, pasta (oricchiette and others) with sausage and BROOCCOLI RABE is very popular dish in the Providence, RI area. Give the rabe a quick blanch in the pasta water. Mangia!
  8. Jen Renee April 3, 2018 at 6:16 pm #
    Made this, it was awesome! Used the spaghetti I had on hand, but it really would have been better with orecchiette, per the recipe- to match the shape/size of the broccoli.
  9. Marcos June 6, 2020 at 10:51 am #
    How much lemon juice and zest are required?
    • Bev Weidner June 8, 2020 at 7:01 am #
      Hey, Marcos! I double checked the recipe and it's the whole thing! I mention when to put the zest in (whole lemon) and when to add the juice. Hope you enjoy!
  10. Shannon December 8, 2020 at 8:59 am #
    I made this over the weekend and it was DELICIOUS! My boyfriend agreed! I added a bit of marinated artichoke and it was so good in there. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. Thank you!! 💗
    • Bev Weidner December 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm #
      Ahhhh you've made my day, thank you!


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