Chicken Sausage and Brussels Sprout Pesto Pasta

It’s not that often that something you pin on Pinterest actually turns out as delicious as you thought it might be. This Chicken Sausage and Brussels Sprout Pesto Pasta from Gimme Some Oven is one of my favorite Pinterest success stories. It was crazy delicious!! I usually have pesto in the freezer from one of the large batches that I make, so this was quick and easy enough to do after work one night.

Pesto Pasta

Chicken Sausage and Brussels Sprout Pesto Pasta

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Ingredients
  • 1 lb fresh brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and any yellowed/browned outer leaves removed, then sliced in half
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 lb (16 oz.) orecchiette (or any pasta)
  • 4 chicken sausage links, sliced into ¼" thick coins
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup pesto
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • Toasted pine nuts, for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together brussels sprouts, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-combined.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then spread the brussels sprouts on it evenly. Roast 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.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a 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.
  4. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water (reserving ¼ 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.
  5. Serve warm, and sprinkle with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese and pine nuts.

 

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