Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

This pesto pasta is made lighter by using chicken sausage and the addition of healthy and flavorful roasted Brussels sprouts.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • 1lbfresh brussels sprouts,ends trimmed and any yellowed/browned outer leaves removed, then sliced in half
  • 3tbspolive oil,divided
  • ½tspkosher salt
  • ½tspfreshly-ground black pepper
  • 1lborecchiette,or any pasta
  • 4chicken sausage links
  • 5clovesgarlic,peeled and thinly sliced
  • cupPesto
  • Parmesan cheese,for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together brussels sprouts, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Gently stir until well-combined.

  2. Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then spread the brussels sprouts on it evenly. Roast for about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring once partway through, or until they are crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside. Remove from oven and set aside.

  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, turning occasionally, until nearly-browned. Add the garlic, and continue cooking for another 1 to 2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant and the sausage is browned.

  4. Cook the pasta in generously-salted boiling water until al dente according to the package directions. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water (reserving ¼ cup pasta water), and then toss together the pasta, pesto, cooked sausage and garlic, and brussels sprouts. Add in some of the reserved pasta water if needed for extra moisture.

  5. Serve warm, and sprinkle with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.


  • Calories: 494.14kcal
  • Fat: 17.75g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.99g
  • Trans Fat: 0.04g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.85g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.42g
  • Carbohydrates: 66.21g
  • Fiber: 5.78g
  • Sugar: 3.87g
  • Protein: 18.01g
  • Cholesterol: 29.99mg
  • Sodium: 478.58mg
  • Calcium: 100.75mg
  • Potassium: 536.58mg
  • Iron: 2.88mg
  • Vitamin A: 28.79µg
  • Vitamin C: 65.04mg
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