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20 Minute Sausage Pasta

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This Sausage Pasta with Broccoli and Zucchini is a 20-minute wonder that’s easy to make with simple ingredients. Delicious, quick and easy, and full of simple flavor.

Sausage Pasta in white pasta bowl with fresh parsley

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On those evenings when weeknight dinners need to be easy, simple, and healthy, I find myself reaching for simple ingredients to make this sausage pasta with whatever vegetables I have on hand.

This easy pasta recipe is one I’ve been making for years. In fact, the family sometimes refers to it as Stephanie’s pasta. Only because, it’s one of those meals you can throw together quick with on-hand ingredients. The vegetables are easily adaptable as is the sausage.

In the middle of packing for a move, my sister-in-law texted me the other day and told me she couldn’t find this recipe on the blog. It wasn’t until then I realized I’d never posted it.

So here it is, a simple pasta everyone in my family loves, for those nights when cooking needs to be easy, healthy, and quite yummy too!

Closeup side view of Sausage Pasta in a white pasta bowl with sausage, zucchini, tomatoes and broccoli

What Makes This Sausage Pasta a Go-To Favorite?

  • Sausage: Honestly, the sausage brings all the flavor in this simple-to-make pasta.
  • 20 minutes or less to make.
  • Super flexible with ingredients that are easily adaptable.

Sausage Pasta Ingredients

As mentioned, this recipe is super flexible. Consider this a blueprint for making your own. The specific measurements I use are in the recipe card below.

  • Box of short pasta like farfalle, rigatoni, macaroni, etc.
  • Package of fully cooked sausage: I often use Aidells Chicken Apple Sausage, but you can also use sausage like Italian, Andouille (for a little heat) or your favorite.
  • Vegetables: I often have these vegetables on hand: broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, and cherry tomatoes. Other ideas would be peppers, onion, and greens like spinach, kale, or mustard greens
  • Splash of broth; vegetable or chicken or because the sausage is full of flavor, you can also use water.
  • Seasoning: In addition to salt and pepper, I like Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes.
  • Parmesan cheese for serving.

How to Make Sausage Pasta

Detailed instructions are in the recipe card below, but here’s a quick overview:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Brown sausage in large skillet. Remove from the pan.
  3. Then add olive oil and sauté prepared vegetables until fork tender.
  4. Stir in broth and seasoning. Bring to a simmer and add sausage and cooked pasta into the skillet.
  5. Toss and serve with Parmesan cheese if desired.
Top view of 2 bowls of Sausage Pasta with fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese

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Sausage Pasta in white pasta bowl with fresh parsley

20 Minute Sausage Pasta

This Sausage Pasta with Broccoli and Zucchini is a 20-minute wonder that's easy to make with simple ingredients. Delicious, quick and easy, and full of simple flavor.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 pound penne pasta or other short pasta like farfalle, rigatoni, etc.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package sausage package of 5 or 6 fully cooked sausages like Aidells, Italian Sausage, or your favorite; sliced
  • 1 pound broccoli cut into florets
  • 1 medium zucchini halved and sliced
  • 1 medium yellow squash halved and sliced
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 1/2 cup broth vegetable or chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced sausages and cook until browned on all sides. Add water if needed so they don't stick to the pan. Once browned, remove from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, red pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning and heat. Add the prepared vegetables and cook until crisp-tender. Then stir in the broth and cook for another couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the sausage back into the skillet along with the pasta. Toss in the Parmesan cheese and stir gently to reheat. Garnish with fresh parsley and additional Parmesan.


Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 689mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 88mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: sausage pasta, sausage pasta recipes, sausage broccoli pasta

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