Bow Ties with Broccoli, Pesto & Sausage

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Skill: beginner


  • Ingredients for 8 people
  • 1 box Barilla® Farfalle
  • 6 cups broccoli florets
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese in 1/2-inch balls
  • 1/2 pound crumbled Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 jar Barilla® Traditional Basil Pesto
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)


  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, breaking up with a wooden spoon, for 10 to 12 minutes or until cooked through.
  2. In a large pot, bring 4 to 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil; add salt to taste and the pasta; stir gently. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli for the last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking. Remove from heat and drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat pesto over medium-low heat until heated through; toss with pasta. Add the sausage to the pasta along with the mozzarella cheese.
  4. To serve, garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired.

    Customize it: Vary this simple dinner with cauliflower or peas instead of broccoli, or Barilla Marinara sauce rather than Basil Pesto.