Pasta with Italian Sausage, Sundried Tomatoes and Broccoli

At our cabin, meals are simple and usually pretty quick. I also tend to serve up recipes that are more "kid friendly" as we can only boat in as much food that will fit into our large cooler. And if the menu isn't appealing to the under 4 foot set, well, let's just say cranky campers with low blood sugar are no fun.

This meal took about 20 minutes to make. It's simple yet delicious and everyone, including our littlest food critics, eat it all up in less time than it took me to make it. Substitute any other green veg for the broccoli if you prefer and asiago or goat's feta are also nice substitutes for the parmesan.
Pasta with Italian Sausage, Sundried Tomatoes and Broccoli
(Prep Time: 10 minutes/Total Tome: 20 minutes. Serves 4 hungry campers)

1 pound whole wheat spaghetti pasta
about 12 dried tomatoes, reconstituted by soaking in hot water (not the oil packed version)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 mild Italian sausages, castings removed
2 cups broccoli pieces
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese plus a bit more for serving
salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Just before al dente, add broccoli and cook until crisp tender. Remove broccoli and run under cold water. Set aside. Drain pasta, put back in pot and set aside.

Place olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and Italian sausage and cook until sausage is browned. broccoli, chicken stock, tomatoes and drained pasta. Toss to heat. Add cheese and toss a bit more. Season with salt and pepper to taste then serve with extra parmesan cheese.

Cari Snell is a mom, wife and the editor and recipe wrangler of Can I get the Recipe? An online source providing weekly printable recipes, shopping lists, great giveaways and more.

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