Mediterranean Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Olives, Broccoli, and Feta

Mediterranean Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Olives, Broccoli, and Feta

July 15, 2010

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Oh, pasta. You are my joy and life is always better when you’re around. That’s why I made a pound of you last night. To be honest, pasta is the one thing I forgot to buy when on my grocery store trip last night. I meant to buy a delightful whole wheat penne, but when I was emptying my grocery bags, I realized I completely forgot to even go down the pasta aisle. I scoured the cabinets and managed to find a box of regular penne. I briefly considered waiting to make the dish, but realized I have plans the next few nights and just went with it. Remember when whole wheat pasta didn’t even exist? Me too.

And since I have a pretty packed rest of the week (my best friend from college is getting married this weekend and I’m in the wedding!! So so so excited!!), I figured this dish would be good as leftovers for a quick bite to eat when we’re on the go. I knew I wanted to make a pasta with chicken sausage and feta and then I figured olives and broccoli would be nice additions. And lucky for my stomach, I was right!

Mediterranean Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Olives, Broccoli, and Feta (Serves 6-8)

  • 1 lb. penne (whole wheat or not!)
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 links chicken sausage (I used sundried tomato)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 pound kalamata olives, or any olives of your choosing
  • 1 C Athenos Feta ( I used the sundried tomato and basil variety)
  • Freshly ground pepper

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First things first, boil your pasta according to directions or your favorite way to do it. Drain the pasta and put it back in the pot to set aside.

Now, you need cut the stems off your broccoli florets. Put about 1/2 C water in a large pan over medium heat. Cover and steam for about 5 minutes. When done, drain water and set aside.

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While the broccoli was steaming, I chopped up all my other ingredients– the garlic, olives, and sausage.

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Put the olive oil in a pan over medium and saute the garlic for about 2 minutes before adding your sausage. If you haven’t tried Al Fresco’s chicken sausage, you must! It’s amazing. And they sell it at Trader Joe’s AND my local Star Market grocery store. It’s already fully cooked, so I just made sure it was heated through and pretty golden-looking.

Once the sausage is good, throw the olives and broccoli into the pan, too. Stir together and make sure everything is heated nicely.

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Now, throw the mixture into your pot of pasta. If you want, you can drizzle a little more olive oil to mix in. Put freshly ground pepper on top, too.

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And serve! These were some of my favorite foods all sitting together in one delightful dish. For some reason, my olives were super salty (more so than usual), so I definitely didn’t need any added salt (side note. Is there an olive tasting class I can take? I need to learn more about olives!).

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I ate a nice big bowl, but kind of wished I had either used less pasta or more of the other ingredients. No biggie though because I can just make sure to scoop more goodies for my next serving. Which is going to be in about 5 minutes. For lunch.

The chicken sausage/feta combo was sooo good!

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Also? It was my first time eating the Tomato Basil Athenos Feta and I loved it! Dangerous though because it was totally the kind of thing I’ll find myself eating on its own. Not that I don’t do that with plain feta already.

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Do you love chicken sausage? What’s your favorite kind?

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13 Responses to "Mediterranean Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Olives, Broccoli, and Feta"

  1. Maria says:

    Another great feta salad recipe!

  2. Erica says:

    Love a dinner that produces great leftovers. Another fabulous feta recipe. Have so much fun at the wedding.

  3. Melissa says:

    This looks like heaven. All of my favorite flavors are right there! You guys are killing me with these feta recipes! If you ever find an olive tasting class I am so there. Olives are amazing!

  4. Like you, I love the combination of whole wheat penne and chicken sausage. I think it is just an easy and tasty summer meal!

  5. Lauren says:

    Great dish! I LOVE chicken sausage – any kind really, except for Italian style b/c I can’t stand dried fennel. Sundried tomato and feta go so well together :).

  6. Shannon says:

    yum yum, i have so much pasta in my house i can’t remember the last time i had to buy it 😉 and then i forget to use it and play with other grains… this looks fabulous! have fun at the wedding 🙂

  7. corinne says:

    I believe al fresco makes an apple chicken sausage that is superb paired with stuffing! Super for fall. My go to is usually the sundried tomato 🙂

  8. Kelly says:

    That sounds delicious. I have to admit I don’t eat a lot of chicken sausage, but I enjoy it when I do. I definitely remember when there was no whole wheat pasta and even when it first came out it took me a little while to decide I like it.

  9. Jenn says:

    That looks delicious! I’m totally going to have to try it!

  10. momgateway says:

    I got introduced to classic Mediterranean food…awesome….

  11. Sharlene says:

    Trader Joe’s chicken sausage with apple is heaven to my taste buds. Oh goodness do I love it. This pasta is delicious! And I’m still guilty of using normal pasta because sometimes the graininess of whole wheat pasta bothers me. Oh well!

  12. rita says:

    this looks like an easy dish to cook, especially, dealing with the heat here in germany (where AC is almost of non-existence at residences in northern europe). hubby and i love all kinds of sausages. i have to try this recipe one day.

    by the way, i love your blog – and your new site. i used to comment here, on and off. keep up the wonderful recipes and the blog!

  13. Sharon says:

    This pasta/feta/sausage salad looks perfect for the heat wave weather we’ve been having. I love your website…thanks for all the mouth watering recipes you’ve been posting!

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