1 pound pasta (orcchiette, penne, fusilli, etc)
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound italian sausage, casings removed
1 head broccoli (about 3/4 pound)
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 shallots, minced
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (about 1 can)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup grated parmesan
Prepare pasta in boling water, but stop cooking a minute or two early when the pasta is very al dente. Set aside.
In a large, heavy skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add sausage and break it up while cooking until well browned (about 7 minutes). Remove cooked sausage with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add broccoli florets to the hot pan and leave un touched for 2 minutes, until they begin to brown. Toss the broccoli, add in a couple tablespoons of water and cover for 2 minutes until al dente. Remove lid. Add garlic and shallots, cook for 1 minute.
Add chicken broth, scraping browned bits from the bottom of the pan, and add the seasonings. Bring to a boil. Return pasta and sausage to the pan, stir til combined and simmer for 1-2 minutes, when the sauce thickens. Add the parmesan and toss before serving.