Have you ever fallen in love with pasta? I have, and it's been a beautiful relationship ever since. I will never give up eating carbs, because carbs are life, and also essential. In fact, carbohydrates are in virtually everything we eat, and they only differ via complex or simple carbs. Pasta is just a versatile food and can be made a million different ways. I'm pretty simple when it comes to pasta recipes. There's really no need to make it so complicated, because pasta, when made well, tastes just so good.
I cannot begin to explain how much I love rigatoni with sausage and broccoli. It's such a classic pairing: al dente rigatoni pasta tossed in a garlic and oil sauce, with deliciously ground pork sausage paired with fork tender broccoli florets. What's not to love? Fresh grated parmesan on top with a sprinkling of red pepper flakes as garnish, ugh it's just such a good meal. I also love making this so that my entire house smells like garlic. The first time I ever made this dish, I overcooked the broccoli, leaving it to completely fall apart. This time around, I knew to keep the broccoli firm, but soft enough to chew with a slight snap. I also remember to keep the flame consistent so that the broccoli steamed and sautéed evenly. This dish comes together pretty quickly, and can technically be made in one pan/pot, but I used two: one for the pasta, one for the sausage and broccoli.
Pasta makes everything better. Add in some ground Italian sausage, broccoli, in a garlic and oil sauce, and it's the best tasting pasta dish you'll make by far. What's better than garlic, oil, and carbs?
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