Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts


I hope everyone is having a great week so far.  As for me, I’m feeling under the weather.  It is never fun to come back from a great vacation only to get sick but I’m thankful that it happened after I got home so it didn’t ruin anything for me.  It doesn’t help that it’s a cold, rainy, gray, dark, nasty day here today.  I miss the California sunshine!

I’ll bring some sunshine to this rainy day today with this deliciously amazing dish.  I have made this recipe several times now and absolutely love it!  I love roasted brussel sprouts (I ONLY eat them roasted) and all of the flavors in this dish go really well together.  It is a super low maintenance, light, and quick dinner for us when we are rushing through the week.  Chicken sausage is one my hubby’s favorites and it was a great addition.

I love healthy pasta dishes like this because they are so easy to make and allow me to justify eating dessert afterwards 😉

Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe


1 lb fresh brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and any yellowed/browned outer leaves removed, then sliced in half
3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
1 lb  pasta
4 chicken sausage links (I used spicy Italian), sliced into 1/4″ thick coins
5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
1/3 cup pesto
Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)


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

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

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

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. (I begin heating my water while preparing the brussel sprouts, and added the pasta to the boiling water just after beginning to cook the sausage.) Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water (reserving 1/4 cup pasta water), and then toss together the pasta, pesto, cooked sausage and garlic, and brussels sprouts. Add in the reserved pasta water to give the pasta more moisture.

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

Recipe source: adapted from

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29 Responses to “Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts”

  1. May 29, 2013 at 12:13 AM #

    Yum! I love anything pesto, and I like your train of thought! Perfect justification for dessert afterward 😉

    • May 29, 2013 at 11:39 AM #

      Thanks, Monica! I hope I can shake this virus soon and be back to normal 🙂

  2. May 29, 2013 at 12:14 AM #

    Also, I hope you feel better!!

  3. May 29, 2013 at 1:07 AM #

    Hope you are feeling better my friend, this dish looks simply delicious!


    • May 29, 2013 at 11:38 AM #

      Thank you so much! I’m a tiny bit better today.

  4. May 29, 2013 at 1:26 AM #

    Yuck! Sorry you aren’t feeling well! Feel better fast!

    • May 29, 2013 at 11:38 AM #

      Awww thanks, Jenna! Hopefully I am on the mend.

  5. May 29, 2013 at 7:01 AM #

    I love anything with roasted brussels sprouts – this looks divine! Hope you feel better!!

    • May 29, 2013 at 11:36 AM #

      I never knew I liked roasted brussels sprouts til I roasted them! Thanks so much, Marie!

  6. May 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM #

    I love pesto on my pasta, such great flavor!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • May 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM #

      Same here – it’s nice and light. Thanks, Eric!

  7. May 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM #

    This is awesome, I am making this for dinner for sure this week!

    • May 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM #

      Hope you like it! Let me know!

  8. May 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM #

    I have lots of wonderful basil to use! You have just given me a great idea! Feel better!

    • May 29, 2013 at 11:34 AM #

      Thanks, Nancy! Put that basil to good use! 🙂

  9. Joe
    May 29, 2013 at 11:10 AM #

    Make sure you bring plenty of this when you come visit us in Syracuse this weekend..Also, bring yesterdays dessert. Thanks

    • May 29, 2013 at 11:34 AM #

      Your wish is my command

  10. May 29, 2013 at 2:46 PM #

    Awwww… sorry to hear you’re not feeling well Ashley. Hope you’ll feel better soon!

    This pasta dish sounds delish! I love chicken sausage and any pasta dish with veggies incorporated gets my vote! Great post. 🙂 xx

  11. May 29, 2013 at 5:18 PM #

    Sounds delicious!

  12. May 29, 2013 at 7:06 PM #

    It’s weird – so often after a vacation I get slightly sick too. I always blame it on air travel. Anyway, nice dish! Roast Brussels sprouts are wonderful, aren’t they? You might try them hashed sometime too – parboil them, shred them with a knife (you really want to “hash” them up), then heat in some butter. Good stuff. Anyway, good dish – thanks.

    • May 29, 2013 at 7:44 PM #

      That sounds really good, John!! I’m definitely blaming the air travel for this sickness – all the people coughing and sneezing around me!

  13. May 29, 2013 at 7:44 PM #

    This pasta sounds fantastic. I love brussels sprouts! I hope you feel better soon!

    • May 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM #

      Thanks, Ruby! I’m already a lot better 🙂

  14. June 3, 2013 at 1:31 AM #

    Roasted sprouts are one of my favorite ways to make vegetables, so pinning this!

    • June 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM #

      Thanks! They are great roasted, huh?

  15. June 3, 2013 at 6:41 PM #

    I really like this idea of brussels sprouts with a pesto pasta.

    • June 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM #

      Thank you, Adri!! They went really well together


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