Broccoli Lemon Farfalle with Sausage

According to the calendar Spring is supposed to be here…however as I type this we are experiencing a crazy ice storm and it’s not leaving me feeling very motivated to cook or do any Spring Cleaning (ha!). Thankfully this Broccoli Lemon Farfalle dish comes together in 20 minutes and is PERFECT for the nicer days ahead! I love adding lemon to this dish, there is something so yummy about the light citrus flavor that comes through in every bite and it compliments the sausage and broccoli amazingly. This is going to be a new family favorite, and with how incredibly quick and easy it is there is no reason why it shouldn’t be added to your weekly meal plan.

Broccoli-Sausage-Farfale

If you are like me, you probably often find yourself wondering what to serve for dinner most days of the week, my friends I am NOT a planner! That’s okay though, as I have said before most of my best meals come to be from the top of my head and little to no preparation (sooo procrastination can be a good thing right!?). The nice thing with this dish is that you probably have everything you need to make it (always stock up on meat for the freezer friends, that is the only planning I do) and if you don’t have the sausage why not try chicken? No broccoli, try peas! I am all about a versatile dish that uses ingredients we already have on hand.

Broccoli Lemon Farfalle with Sausage

Ingredients

  • 500 g Mild Italian Sausage about 4 medium links
  • 1 package Farfalle Pasta 500g
  • 1 Head of Broccoli aprox 3 cups chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/2 Red Onion diced
  • 1 Lemon zested and juiced
  • 2 tbsp Butter or margarine
  • 1.5 cups Vegetable Broth we use a boullion cube and add water
  • Green Onion for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Prepare pasta according to package, drain and set aside. While pasta is cooking slice your sausage into 1/2" pieces and cook over medium high until browned. Remove from pan until later.
  • In the same pan heat butter over medium heat, add onions and cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add broccoli to the onion mixture and sautee for 2-3 minutes. Add broth and lemon juice and cover for 5 minutes.
  • Add broccoli and onion mixture along with sausage to your pot of pasta, toss to coat. Add lemon zest and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with green onions and enjoy!
Broccoli Lemon Farfalle with Italian Sausage - this quick and easy meal is ready in 20 minutes making it a perfect weeknight meal! The whole family will love this flavorful dish! #EasyWeeknightDinner #PastaDish #20MinuteMeals

Broccoli Lemon Farfalle with Italian Sausage – this quick and easy meal is ready in 20 minutes making it a perfect weeknight meal! The whole family will love this flavorful dish! #EasyWeeknightDinner #PastaDish #20MinuteMeals

Looking for other quick and easy meals for your family? Check out some of our favorites below to get inspired and get cooking.

Beef Stroganoff

Lemon Chicken Piccata 

Asparagus Caramelized Onion Quiche

 


Lemon Chicken Piccata – 30 Min Dinner

Back to school is right around the corner where we are, which means it is time for EASY weeknight meals that the entire family will love! This Lemon Chicken Piccata is super simple to make (with just a few ingredients) and has a flavor that will blow your mind. It is one of my go-to meals for a busy week when my hubby and I just don’t feel like spending much time in the kitchen. Take a look for yourself at how delicious it is.

Easy-ChickenPiccata

Another reason I love this dish so much is its versatility, you can use chicken breasts or thighs and you don’t need to worry about the bones if you want to serve it a little more rustic I say go for it…who is gonna judge you?! Just remember to adjust your cooking time if you choose thighs or a bone-in chicken breast as it will take a little bit longer to cook through. Ready to get started?

Lemon Chicken Piccata – 30 Min Dinner

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1/4 c Flour
  • 3 tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Lemon zested and juiced
  • 1/2 bunch Fresh Dill rough chopped
  • 1 tsp Capers rough chopped
  • 1/4 c White Wine or Chicken broth if you prefer
  • 1/4 c Water
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil for cooking

Instructions

  • Prepare your chicken for dredging by cutting it into smaller sections and gently pounding out with a meat tenderizer (or rolling pin) you want your chicken to be very thin so it cooks quickly. In a low sided dish mix together flour, corn starch ,garlic powder and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • In a large skillet heat 2-3 tbsp olive oil (or oil of your choice for frying) over medium heat.
  • Coat each piece of chicken with your flour mixture, gently shaking off any excess, and put aside on a plate. When all pieces are coated, begin cooking them. Be sure to let them cook 2-3 mins a side and flip. Repeat until all chicken is cooked (we normally do it in 2 batches).
  • Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add in wine, water, lemon juice and capers. Scrape up any bits from the chicken and let your sauce come to a low simmer. Add the chicken back into the pan with 1/2 of your chopped dill and let cook 2 mins until sauce is thick.
  • Arrange chicken on a serving dish and top with the rest of your dill and lemon zest.

Notes

If using chicken with the bone in still be sure to adjust your cooking time, it will take longer to cook through.
Easy weeknight dinner, ready in 30 minutes, this Lemon Chicken Piccata is simple to make and loaded with flavor!

Easy weeknight dinner, ready in 30 minutes, this Lemon Chicken Piccata is simple to make and loaded with flavor!

Lemon Chicken Piccata is also a great meal for entertaining, people will think you spent hours in the kitchen with the depth of flavor that it brings to the table, and you can really pretty it up on a nice serving tray! If you are trying to impress the in-laws this is a good recipe to have in your back pocket (wink wink). If you love easy, low maintenance meals with tons of flavor be sure to check out my Beef Stroganoff as well (one of the most visited recipes on the entire site!).