This One Pot Broccolini Pasta with Sausage and White Beans is the perfect 30 minute dinner, dirtying just one pasta pot and incorporating whole grains, veggies, and satisfying protein.
Welcome to spring and to bright green broccolini! This dish is a combination of some of the flavors I’ve been appreciating lately – a garlicky green veggie combined with spicy Italian sausage and creamy white beans.
I took a nice little spring break from blogging last week, and I didn’t open my personal computer for the entire week. Not only do I feel refreshed from the technology break, but I did some recipe development without the pressure of documenting every step.
I needed the reminder that cooking for myself is a joy – I love having this hobby and a way to share healthy recipes with you. I hope the simple act of stirring this one-pot pasta helps you relax while you create an easy, nutritious meal.
- 1 Italian sausage link
- ¼ of a white onion
- 8 ounces dry whole wheat fusilli pasta
- 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 15 ounces great northern beans
- 1 bunch broccolini
- Garnish: red pepper flakes and/or parmesan to taste
- Remove Italian sausage from casing and crumble. Dice white onion.
- Saute the crumbled sausage and diced onion in a large pot on medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Add dry pasta, broth, minced garlic, and salt to the same pot and allow it to come to a boil. Once boiling, cover the pot and reduce the heat to a simmer for 10 minutes.
- While waiting for the pasta to cook, drain and rinse the white beans. Trim down the stalks of the broccolini. Cut broccolini into bitesize pieces.
- After the pot has simmered for 10 minutes, add the white beans and broccolini to the pot and simmer for another 5 minutes, covered once more.
- Remove the lid and stir the pasta, testing for doneness. If your broccolini or pasta need more time, cover the pot for another 2-3 minutes.
- Let additional broth boil off for 1-2 minutes if necessary, uncovered.
- Serve the pasta with red pepper flakes and/or parmesan if desired.
Stir up this one-pot pasta for yourself, or for your family. The broth, onion, and garlic flavor soaks into the noodles, creating a more robustly flavored whole wheat noodle.
In order to add lots of flavor without creating a heavy pasta, I use just one crumbled sausage and compliment it with white beans – adding more protein and creamy mouthfeel.
Top with parmesan and red pepper flakes for an additional pop of flavor.
Enjoy! Be sure to let me know on social media (@uprootkitchen) or by email if you enjoyed this recipe, or others.