Pesto Penne Pasta with Italian Sausage, Chicken and Broccoli

penne pasta and pesto with chicken, sausage and broccoli


Whether you buy pesto sauce in a jar or packet, or make it from scratch, pesto is such a versatile sauce for all sorts of uses! Put it on meats, veggies and as a condiment to burgers, grilled chicken or fish! But i love it with pasta! One night this week, I was throwing together a quick pasta dish, and wanted to use some chicken, sausage and broccoli I had in my fridge but I didn’t have time to make my homemade tomato sauce.  I ran out to my garden, and saw the last legs of my basil plant hanging on! I cut as much off as I could, 

penne pasta with pesto, chicken, broccoli, pesto sahce and sausageWith 5 cups of fresh basil in hand, I pulled out my blender, some garlic, Capella’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a little lemon, salt and pepper, and grated Pecorino Romano cheese. Now pine nuts are a traditional ingredient, but I happen to have an allergy to some nuts, so I left them out. Throwing everything in the blender, I just blended it all up, and it resulted in about one cup of pesto! 

Ingredients for pesto sauce


Ingredients for Pesto in the blenderpesto all blended together in teh blender


After making the pesto and pasta, you can add almost ANYTHING to spruce it up, or just have it all by itself! I chose to roast some chicken and Italian sausage and slice them up to toss in with the pasta! And to cover the vegetable, I chose broccoli, and to make it even easier, I threw the broccoli into the pasta post five minutes before the pasta was done! Saving the use of a dish or pot to clean up is always a win! I drained the pasta and veggies together!

Broccoli and pasta boiling in a potpenne pasta, pesto, chicken, sausage and broccoli in a pan

Then the best part was tossing everything in a large aluminum pan (or you can use a large bowl) and sprinkling some extra grated cheese on top before serving! Voila! 

Penne pasta, broccoli, pesto, sausage, chicken and broccoli in a pan

Until next time,

Let’s get cookin’ together,


Pesto Penne Pasta with Sausage, Chicken and Broccoli

This dish is so easy to prepare! You can make your pesto by scratch with few ingredients, and boil your broccoli and pasta together in one pot! Grab some chicken and sausage either pre-cooked or roast or grill it yourself! Toss everything together and you've got a one pan meal!
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chickenpestoandpasta, easypesto, pastaandpesto, pestopastadinner
Servings: 8 people
Author: Madeline Kohler


  • 1 4 - 8 Quart Pot with Lid
  • 1 large aluminum pan, dish or bowl


Pesto Sauce

  • 5 cups basil
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled You can roughly chop the garlic if you'd like
  • ½ cup grated Italian cheese
  • cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup pine nuts (optional)

Pasta, Sausage, Chicken and Broccoli

  • 1 pound penne pasta You can certainly use the pasta of your choice
  • 1 pound broccoli florets
  • 6 Italian sausage links (cut in large bite size slices) About 1 ½ pounds. I like hot Italian sausage but you can use sweet Italian or a chicken sausage.
  • 1 ½ pounds cooked chicken, cut or shredded
  • ½ cup Pecorino Romano or Locatelli cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


Pesto Sauce

  • Place all ingredients in the blender and pulse on blend or puree on low - medium speed. Stop after 15 seconds or so to scrape the sides and pulse again until all the basil and ingredients are well blended together. Set aside.

Pasta, Sausage, Chicken and Broccoli

  • Boil pasta according to directions, adding in the broccoli 5 minutes before pasta is done.
  • If your meats are raw, you can roast or grill them. Once cooked, slice them in large bite size pieces.
  • Combine pasta, broccoli, chicken, sausage, and olive oil in a large pan or bowl and toss until combined.
  • Add pesto and toss all together, finishing off with grated cheese.


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