Sausage and broccoli are such a perfect meat-and-vegetable flavor marriage, we hesitate to add the third wheel of pasta. Just kidding! We never hesitated at all in creating this meaty delight, augmented by a creamy pecorino sauce with a touch of heat from the red pepper flakes. We'd happily be your third wheel as you and your loved one chow down on this dream pasta. We would! Why are you texting the police?
Once water is boiling, add pasta and stir constantly, 30 seconds. Then cook until al dente, 11-13 minutes.
Reserve ¾ cup pasta cooking water. Drain pasta in a colander. Set aside.
While pasta cooks, prepare ingredients.
Prepare the Ingredients
Cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces, if necessary.
Remove sausage from casings.
Cook the Broccoli
Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 1 Tbsp. olive oil.
Add broccoli and a pinch of pepper to hot pan. Stir occasionally until crisp-tender, 4-6 minutes.
Remove from burner. Transfer broccoli to a plate.
Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean.
Cook the Sausage
Return pan used to cook broccoli to medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add sausage to hot pan and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no pink remains, 4-6 minutes.
Add garlic and cook until aromatic, 30-45 seconds.
Add white wine and stir occasionally until liquid has mostly evaporated, 1-2 minutes.
Make Sauce and Finish Dish
Add pasta cooking water and cream cheese to pan. Stir constantly until cream cheese is incorporated, 2-3 minutes.
Stir in broccoli, pasta, pecorino (reserve a pinch for garnish), red pepper flakes (to taste), and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Remove from burner.
Plate dish as pictured on front of card, garnishing with reserved pecorino. Bon appétit!