Add some flavor to pasta night by serving pesto pasta with chicken sausage and roasted brussels sprouts. Easy enough to make on a weeknight.
Did you make anything special for dinner on New Year’s Eve? After a line-up of options, my friends and I decided on making this pesto pasta with chicken sausage and roasted brussels sprouts before the nights’ events. The green part of this recipe is what won my vote. Yes “the green part”.
In addition to basil pesto, recently I have become obsessed with brussels sprouts. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had them much in my life, or really at all until recently. Guess I have my overly picky child-self to blame for that. How many other things have I been missing out on all these years?
Anyway, this pesto pasta with chicken sausage dish is fairly simple yet incredibly tasty and I already want to make it again. It is automatically being placed into my regular rotation of meals, which is a rare event since I am almost always cooking up something new. There are too many amazing recipes out there to try and as a result my “regular dish rotation” list is pretty short. But I digress…
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- 1 lb. fresh brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and sliced in half
- 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
- 1 lb. (16 oz.) preferred pasta shape
- 4 chicken sausage links, sliced into 1/4″ thick coins
- 5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup basil pesto
- Parmesan cheese, for serving
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, mix together brussels sprouts, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-combined.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then spread the brussels sprouts on it evenly. Roast in oven for about 20-30 minutes, stirring once partway through, or until they are crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside. Remove from oven and set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, turning occasionally, until nearly-browned, about 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic, and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant and the sausage is browned.
- Cook the pasta according to the package directions*. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water (reserving 1/4 cup pasta water), and then toss together the pasta, pesto, cooked sausage and garlic, and brussels sprouts. Add in some of the reserved pasta water if needed for extra moisture.
- Serve warm, and sprinkle with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.
*I begin heating my water while preparing the brussels sprouts, and added the pasta to the boiling water just after beginning to cook the sausage.
Source: Gimme Some Oven
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Post updated 5/23/2023, photo above is the original.