Easy, healthy, and absolutely delicious, this Broccolini with Sausage recipe is perfect for a busy evening. Steamed broccolini or broccoli sautéed in olive oil with sliced garlic, and sausage. A wonderful meal that can be on your table in 30 minutes!
Why This Recipe Works
This broccolini recipe is perfect to use on a busy evening. From start to finish, this simple "meal for one" can be on your table in 30 minutes.
I love using broccolini in recipes. Its mild taste and tender stalks make it perfect addition to an easy skillet meal.
See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.
- Broccolini: What I love about broccolini is how easy it is to prepare and how little waste there is. You just trim the stems by about a half-inch or so and cook.
- Olive oil: I use extra virgin olive oil in this broccolini recipe as well as in every other recipe on One Dish Kitchen that calls for olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form of olive oil. It is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra virgin olive oil is made, it retains more true olive taste. It also contains more of the vitamins and minerals found in olives. It's my favorite type of olive oil to use but you may use a lighter olive oil instead.
- Smoked sausage: Use kielbasa, bratwurst, andouille, or turkey sausage.
- Garlic and red pepper flakes: 1 garlic clove and a pinch of red pepper flakes add a tremendous amount of flavor. If you don't want your dish to be too spicy, feel free to leave off the pepper flakes.
- Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice is best, but you can use bottled if that is what you have on hand.
- Parmesan cheese: Adds a delicious flavor.
How To Cook Broccolini
- Cook the broccolini quickly in a little salted boiling water.
- Drain it, pat it dry, then rough chop it and set it aside.
How To Make This Recipe
I use about 3.5 ounces (about ¾ cup sliced) of smoked sausage.
- Step 1: I sauté the sausage in a little olive oil along with sliced garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
- Step 2: Add in the cooked broccolini and heat it along with the sausage and garlic.
- Step 3: When all of the ingredients are heated through, remove the skillet from the heat, stir in a touch of lemon juice and top with Parmesan cheese.
A wonderful 30 minute meal that tastes incredibly delicious!
Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients
- Smoked sausage: Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers, Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice
- Broccolini: Use in place of broccoli in any of these recipes: Broccoli Cheese Soup, Cashew Chicken, Italian Pasta Salad
- Since most packages of smoked sausage contain around 14-ounces. You can use the rest of the smoked sausage in other recipes such as Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice For One or Shrimp and Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya For One. The smoked sausage can also be divided up into smaller portions and frozen to use later.
- You may use broccoli instead of broccolini in this recipe.
Although broccolini looks like baby broccoli, it isn't really broccoli. Broccolini was developed in Japan and is a hybrid between broccoli and Chinese broccoli (Chinese kale).
It's got long thin stalks and smaller florets than broccoli and can be sautéed, steamed, roasted or grilled.
If you can find broccolini, I would encourage you to use it in this recipe. If not, feel free to substitute broccoli in its place.
Yes! Just double the ingredient amounts to make extra.
Yes, but it tastes best when cooked.
You might like to consider serving your broccolini with any of these single serving and small batch recipes.
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Simple Broccolini With Sausage For One
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FAQs and ways to use leftover ingredients.
- ¼ pound broccolini
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3.5 ounces sliced smoked sausage , can use Kielbasa, Bratwurst, Andouille, or turkey sausage (about ¾-cup sliced)
- 1 clove garlic , thinly sliced
- ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
- Blanch the broccolini in a medium-sized pot of boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Drain immediately and cool under cold running water. Gently squeeze the broccolini and pat dry. Place broccolini on a cutting board and chop.
- In a medium-sized skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the sausage and cook one side over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Flip the sausages over, add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook the other side of the sausages for an additional 2 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the garlic doesn't burn.
- Add the broccolini to the skillet and cook, stirring until tender, 3 minutes.
- Remove skillet from the heat, stir in the lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt, to taste.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.