Heart Healthy Rigatoni with Sausage Recipe
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the pasta, and cook for 7 minutes. Add broccoli to boiling pasta and cook for 3 minutes, or until pasta is al dente. In a colander, drain the pasta and broccoli and transfer to a large bowl.
In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute, or until golden brown. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes, or until softened. Add sausage, basil and parsley. Using a wooden spoon, break up the sausage, and cook for 3 minutes, or until the sausage is browned. Add flour and sauté about 3 minutes. Add beans, chicken stock and crushed red pepper (if using), increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes, or until sauce starts to thicken. Stir in 1/4 cup of the cheese and cook for 3 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Season with black pepper. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup cheese and simmer for 2 minutes.
Toss the pasta and broccoli with the sauce. Serve immediately.