This is a popular recipe with several variations from Emeril to Once upon a chef. I first found it at Once upon a chef. It tastes amazing and can be made in about 30 minutes. It is wonderful for a fast dinner after work and not very expensive to make.
1/2 pound orcchiette pasta
1 pound mild italian sausage
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 heads of broccoli florets
1 cup water
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4-1/2 cup shredded parmesan
1 tablespoon butter
First, cook the pasta to desired texture. While it is cooking, prepare the rest.
Place the olive oil in a skillet. Add the sausage and onion. Cook while breaking up the sausage into small pieces. When the sausage is cooked, add the garlic and red pepper. Cook 1 more minute.
Add the butter, water, and broccoli. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. The broccoli turns bright green when done. You can see the change in my photo below. The sauce will thicken.
Add in the drained pasta and parmesan.