Broccolini + Chicken Sausage Pasta

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So my subconscious is plotting to kill me.

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I’ve been suspecting it for a while, but now I have psychological proof.

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My dreams have been so vivid & full of terrible events & enemies around every corner & old flames & mean girls & I wake up in a cold sweat every morning wanting to simultaneously puke & scream. It takes me hours to shake them off & remind myself they weren’t real. “It was all a DREAMMM” – Biggie & me.

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Like, I don’t know what I ever did to my subconscious to make her hate me so much. I’ve given her a home & lots of exciting, happy events to enjoy over the years. & this is how she repays me? (I’ve also determined my subconscious is a sick, twisted 19-year-old female practicing the dark art of witchcraft).

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I’m eating some of these leftovers at 8 a.m. because it’s how I’m coping.


Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4


  • 1 package of whole wheat penne
  • 2 cups of packed broccolini, ends trimmed
  • 1 lb. of chicken sausage, spicy italian style used here
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp. of butter
  • 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, grated + more for serving
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. of dried basil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Cook pasta until al dente, drain + set aside
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat
  • Add chicken sausage + let brown, about 5-6 minutes
  • Add garlic + cook for another minute
  • Add stock + crushed red pepper + basil + S+P, bring to a simmer
  • Add broccolini + S+P + cook covered for 4-5 minutes or until broccolini is tender
  • Add pasta back to stock pot + add broccolini mix
  • Add butter + parmesan + S+P, combine
  • Serve with a sprinkle of extra parmesan
  • Be like me + have 3 heaping bowls.

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