I also added some crushed red pepper and a few basil leaves, used brocolini,was very good and quick.
My family loves this dish. I add a little sea salt for additional flavor (not too much though) and use freshly grated parmesan. MMMM! just like a restaurant! I have also made the recipe with asparagus instead of broccoli (family preferred the broccoli, but they enjoyed the dish anyway!). We now make this dish a couple times a month. Good dish for teenage boys that are bottomless pits! It's a good filler and they get vegetables without even realizing it!
Kids and boyfriend all loved this! Very easy to make,I especially liked the idea of boiling the pasta and broccoli together-I had never thought of that before! I used Cavatappi because I couldn't find Orecchiete at my supermarket and it was perfect.Only complaint was a little bland so I added some crushed red pepper. I also used turkey sausage. Delicious,easy new weeknight favorite.