Chicken Sausage Alfredo with Broccoli over Orecchiette Pasta

I hope this post doesn’t make you feel cheated. You see, this alfredo sauce comes out of a jar.  With work never slowing down in the nutso department there were periods where I was going weeks at a time where there just wasn’t time to go grocery shopping, let alone cook an actual meal. Snack packs and fast food, soooo not good for your body!

I think many of us can relate to finding ourselves unsuccessful at balancing our personal lives with work. If you’re like me, for some reason work always wins, which leaves less time to fit in all those other bits of life. You know, the good parts. Having a jar of your favorite pasta sauce on hand makes for a quick meal without the drive through window (and grease). Not only can you make a healthier dinner on the fly, you’ll also accomplish something for yourself, rather than, let’s say, for your boss. Well, unless you’re married to or dating your boss, in which case I really can’t help you, lol! Plus, since it’s quicker than starting from scratch, you may have even salvaged some time to call up a friend, watch a favorite TV show, or play a game with your kids. Like I said, the good parts. It’s even simple to make the sauce your own by adding your choice of herbs, spices, and other add-ins. I like to take a jar of light alfredo sauce and add either broccoli crowns or chopped up spinach. Super quick! The comfort factor from the creaminess after a hard day at work? Major plus!

Chicken Sausage Alfredo with Broccoli over Orecchiette Pasta


  • 1 jar favorite alfredo sauce
  • 2 large crowns broccoli, cut into florets
  • 4-5 links favorite chicken sausage, sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 tbsp chicken broth or white wine
  • 1 box orecchiett pasta


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions
  2. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium high heat
  3. Place sliced sausage into pan and gently add the broth or wine
  4. Stir sausage in pan until nicely browned and cooked/warmed through (most chicken sausages come fully cooked, but read the label to make sure!)
  5. Pour alfredo sauce into pan over the sausage.
  6. Add broccoli florets to the pan and stir until all ingredients are coated in the sauce.
  7. Cover pan and allow broccoli to cook until al dente, appx 3-5 minutes. The broccoli will turn a vibrant green when ready.
  8. Serve over cooked pasta


6 responses to “Chicken Sausage Alfredo with Broccoli over Orecchiette Pasta

  1. I’ve been reading about orecchiette so much recently.. they’re such cute little pasta shapes:)

  2. Hehehe, it’s def much easier than the muffins, Natasha! This is like my go to dinner when I work late. I found the orecchiete in the Wegman’s pasta aisle (it comes in a bag, not a box). I think I may have seen it at World Market, too. ~Ruth

  3. This dish sounds yummy Ruth! Will try real soon:)

  4. Yet another type of pasta I’ve never seen! There are so many. This dish looks sublime, by the way.

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