Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts

by Erin

Add some flavor to pasta night by serving pesto pasta with chicken sausage and roasted brussels sprouts. Easy enough to make on a weeknight.

Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts in a Skillet.

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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?

Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

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… 

Make this and you won’t regret it! Maybe even serve it with some garlic rolls on the side. And then if you love it, which I know you will, you should also try arugula pesto pasta.

Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Roll.

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Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts in a Skillet.


Yield: 4-6 Servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together brussels sprouts, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-combined.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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Post updated 5/23/2023, photo above is the original.

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Kita January 10, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Catching up on my stumbleupon inbox, this looks soooo tasty!

spiffycookie January 10, 2012 - 2:02 pm

It is the best entree I’ve eaten/made in 2012. Guess that’s not a very bold-sounding statement being a new year.

Shannon January 6, 2012 - 9:04 am

I’ve been loving brussels sprouts recently and this looks so delicious and easy! Can’t wait to try it

Carolyn January 5, 2012 - 5:51 am

Love the idea of the Brussels in with the pasta. Yummy!

Joanne January 5, 2012 - 5:49 am

My roommate in college introduced me to brussels sprouts and I’ve been a convert ever since! Loving this pasta…it’s a mash-up of so many of my favorite things!

Zee January 4, 2012 - 11:32 pm

Your pasta looks so tempting! I am craving for it now

Tracey January 4, 2012 - 7:34 pm

Mmmmm, I only discovered I liked brussels sprouts recently too, they’re so good!! What a great combination of flavors, sounds delish :)

Food Snots January 4, 2012 - 6:17 pm

Oh yum!!! This looks delish! I’ve never really had brussels sprouts a whole lot either, so I might have to just give this recipe a try.

Maggie @ Kitchie Coo January 4, 2012 - 3:36 pm

I have a confession…I have never cooked with brussels sprouts. I didn’t like them as a kid and haven’t even tried them since. Shame on me, I know. I am saving this and giving them another try. Happy New Year!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray January 4, 2012 - 11:25 am

This looks awesome–I did a shell pasta with pesto recently as well, and I’m in love. This might even get me to think twice before bypassing the Brussels sprouts…

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts January 4, 2012 - 11:24 am

This just be what it takes to make me try brussel sprouts. Actually I want to try them, I have to convince hubby they aren’t horrible and their bad rap is unwarranted :)

Amber @ Amber's Confections January 4, 2012 - 10:16 am

Brussel sprouts, sausage and pasta?! I’m sold! Sounds perfect for a coldy wintery night! Wish I had a bowl of it for dinner!

Liz @ Southern Charm January 4, 2012 - 10:02 am

Oh! I like all of the flavors and textures here!!

Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen January 4, 2012 - 9:52 am

I love the roasted brussels sprouts thrown in here! Delicious! :)

Kathryn January 4, 2012 - 7:58 am

I would never have thought of adding sprouts to a dish like this but it looks wonderful! Love all those flavours and it sounds perfect for a new year’s eve feast!


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