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We just had this super easy and satisfying dish for dinner. You'll love it! Here's how to make it.
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Start boiling water for the pasta. Slice a red onion and then cut the slices in half. Cut the florets off of your broccoli. Remove the casing from the spicy Italian sausage and roll the meat into 20 meatballs (25 if you use 16 oz of sausage). Your water should be boiling about now, so pour the pasta in and cook according to the directions. Choose a pasta like penne, rigatoni, ziti or farfalle. On a cookie sheet with a rim, toss broccoli and red onion in  olive oil and salt and pepper. Place sausage on top of the vegetables. 
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Place the cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven and roast for 18 minutes, tossing the mixture once after 10 minutes have passed. Reserve 1/2 cup of the water the pasta was boiled in, drain the rest, toss the pasta with the sausage and veggies and a little pasta water as needed, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, and you're done! 

This is a super easy, very quick meal to throw together, especially if you buy broccoli cut into florets, and sausage already removed from its casings; I found both at Target. I used whole wheat Penne Rigate and I think the heartiness of the pasta went well with the simple, rustic ingredients. Plus it adds more fiber! 

Roasted Sausage and Broccoli Pasta
adapted from Real Simple

8 oz pasta
12 oz broccoli florets
1 red onion, sliced and slices cut in half.
enough olive oil to coat the veggies, 2-3 tblspns (that's tablespoons abbreviated)
salt and pepper to taste
12 oz Spicy Italian Sausage, casings removed and formed into 20 equally sized meatballs.
grated parmesan to taste (I used a parmesan asiago mixture.)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Start boiling water for pasta. While you're waiting for the water to boil, slice onions, chop broccoli into florets (if necessary) and form meatballs out of the sausage. 
Toss broccoli and onions in olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on rimmed cookie sheet.
Put meatballs atop veggie mixture.
Bake for 18 minutes. When pasta is finished, reserve about 1/2 cup water and drain the rest. Set aside. When veggies and sausage are ready, toss with pasta and pasta water if you think the pasta is too dry. 
When ready to serve, sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
 



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