Spring – Pasta With Sausage Meatballs

Total:  30 min
Active:  15 min
Yield:  4 servings
Level:  Easy


  • – turkey sausage is optional


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs
  • Add the broccolini during the last 2 minutes of cooking.
  • Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and broccolini.
  • Meanwhile, roll the sausage meat into about 20 small meatballs.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Drain on paper towels. Pour off any drippings from the skillet.
  • Add the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, the garlic, red pepper flakes and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring, 1 minute.
  • Add the pasta, broccolini and meatballs.
  • Whisk the egg with the reserved cooking water in a small bowl, then add to the skillet and stir until the sauce thickens slightly.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Divide the pasta among bowls.
  • Sprinkle with the cheese and drizzle with olive oil.

Recipe adapted courtesy Food Network

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