Broccoli, Italian Sausage, and Fusilli al Pesto

Pasta is quite popular among Filipinos; and in our house, a month will not be complete without cooking any type of pasta dish. Spaghetti is probably the most popular because local restaurants and fast food chains never run out of customers ordering them. But we like it home-made with meatballs and hotdog, and a little sweet, but still quite different from the Filipino style.

Anyway, I won’t be blogging about spaghetti for now because I don’t have nice photos yet. For now I’m sharing with you a pasta al pesto dish made with fusilli, broccoli, Italian sausage, and bottled pesto. This dish is great because it is easy to make and very delicious. The option to use fresh home-made pesto is the best way to do it, but we don’t have access to fresh basil and other ingredients, so we usually make do with the bottled one.

For the ingredients:

Pasta [it doesn’t matter what shape of pasta you use]

Water for boiling

Salt

Few drops of cooking oil to be used while boiling the pasta [optional]

Fresh pesto is better, but bottled pesto will do [we love Filippo Berio Classic Pesto]

Extra virgin olive oil

Grated parmesan cheese or any cheese available in the fridge

Crushed garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Italian sausage or if you like it a little different you can use Hungarian, sliced

Broccoli, blanched

Procedure:

Fry the sliced Italian sausage in some olive oil until cooked through and a little golden brown on the outside. Set aside.

*You may use broiled or grilled chicken [diced fillets] as an option to the sausage or as an additional ingredient.

Boil the pasta in a pot of water, few drops of cooking oil and a few pinches of rock salt. Cook until al dente. Drain and set aside for a while.

In a large bowl, pour in the bottled pesto, crushed garlic, grated cheese, salt, pepper, and some of the olive oil you used for frying the sausage to add another layer of flavor [this is optional, though]. You may use a few drops of extra virgin olive oil if needed. Add in the still hot pasta and mix well. Add the blanched broccoli and fried Italian sausage. Make sure you taste this and adjust the salt, pepper, and pesto if needed.

Serve warm with garlic bread.

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