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Pesto Pasta With Chicken Sausage and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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So, I’m pretty sure Trader Joe’s now carries about 43 varieties of chicken sausage. Ok, maybe just 10. But still — SO MUCH CHICKEN SAUSAGE!!!

Today felt like a good day to be a part of the fad, so I brought home some of their spicy Italian (I know – the least creative) variety and a batch of adorable little brussels sprouts to make some pasta. Between the two of those ingredients cooking, the house already smelled amazing. But then add in some garlic and fresh pesto, and then top the warm pasta with Parmesan cheese….and holy cow. This impromptu little recipe is definitely going down in the books. Easy, and très-delish!!

I’m already looking forward to the leftovers. :)

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Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


This pesto pasta with chicken sausage and roasted brussels sprouts is a hearty and delicious meal, made healthier with (lighter) chicken sausage and lots of brussels sprouts.


  • 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. Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 lb (16 oz.) orecchiette (or any 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


  1. 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.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then spread the brussels sprouts on it evenly. Roast for about 20-30 minutes, stirring once partway through, or until they are crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside. (My batch of tiny sprouts only took about 12 minutes to cook.) Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Cook the pasta in generously-salted boiling water until al dente 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 some of the reserved pasta water if needed for extra moisture.
  5. Serve warm, and sprinkle with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.


This would be even better sprinkled with some toasted pine nuts!

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112 comments on “Pesto Pasta With Chicken Sausage and Roasted Brussels Sprouts”

  1. I love this dish and make it multiple times every month. I add sun dried tomatoes and it kicks it up a bit!

  2. This was wonderful… Easy, flavorful, and a crowd pleaser. We used cheese tortellini, and it was a very hearty meal. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • This was good and so flipping easy! Perfect recipe for a lazy-I-don’t-really-wanna-cook weeknight dinner. It’d be perfect as-is but I deglazed the pan with some white wine and threw some sun-dried tomatoes in (because I had the stuff and why not). Will add this to my normal rotation.

  3. OMG this was so good! My husband and his friend both LOVED it. It was also easy to prep, you could even cook the sausage ahead of time and just reheat it real quick in the pan. Will be making this again real soon!!!

  4. I just made this for dinner tonight for a second time. This recipe is amazing! The combination of ingredients seems odd at first but it is SO good. I followed the suggestion in one of the previous comments and added sundried tomatoes both times I’ve made it. They add a really nice flavor. Thanks so much – this is definitely in my regular dinner rotation!

  5. This looks delicious! I will never understand why people are so afraid of brussels sprouts. They are one of my favorite veggies! I can’t wait to make this, I may add lemon zest or sundried tomatoes or both! Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. The first time we tried this recipe we had an unexpected but pleasant guest, my daughter’s neighborhood friend, who happens to be a very picky eater. If its any testament to this recipe she devoured her first plate and asked for seconds, a first for her at our house. I used tortellini and added a few sun-dried tomatoes, as suggested in previous comments. It officially has made it into regular rotation of go-to meals. Thanks!!

  7. This is Delicious! You will want to deglaze all the specialness in the bottom of the pan. I can’t wait to invite family and friends to enjoy this simple but tasty dinner. Thank you for sharing!

  8. this recipe was delicious and simple. I don’t eat meat so I substituted a vegan soy sausage, turned out great. thanks for sharing.

  9. Can you help me with the pesto? Where do you get that?

  10. This was sooo good. Just made it for dinner and it was a huge success everyone loved it! Thank you.

  11. I usually find that the easiest of recipes are the tastiest. I like the orecchiette in it.

  12. This is my husband’s favorite thing I’ve made from gimmesomeoven! I followed the recipe as is – easy, tasty and definitely on the healthy(ish) side.

  13. This was delicious! I’m a vegetarian, so I substituted the sausage with Field Roast vegetarian sausage. I would agree that it could have used half the amount of pasta. I’ll definitely make this again!

  14. This looks so amazing – all my favorite things in one dish! I’m making it tomorrow, I’m going to shred the sprouts and cook them up with some bacon and add those pine nuts! :)

  15. Hi, I found your recipe on Pinterest and made it last night and it was so delicious!!! I subbed in beer bratwurst, added balsamic vinegar to the brussel sprouts, and added in some capers to the final product and it was amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, totally a keeper!

  16. This dinner was awesome! Flavorful and delicious!!

  17. This recipe is super tasty! I added onion and mushrooms to the brussels and sun dried tomatoes and a wee bit of chardonnay to the turkey sausage and it was amazing! Love the previous post about capers and balsamic vinegar. I will definitely try that next time! Thanks for the recipe and the tips too!

  18. How many servings is this?

  19. Hey Ali,

    This recipe looks delicious! I have recently started a blog site of my own ( and have it as my featured recipe of the week. I look forward to making this recipe this week.


  20. Just came across of this recipe through Pinetrest :) It looks amazing and probably tastes amazing and I want to try it asap but I have a little concern though… when you bake the brussels sprouts, do they fragrance your home with this “delightful” fart smell ?

    • Ha, I haven’t heard that before. They smell like brussels sprouts to me. But mostly you’ll smell the chicken sausage cooking. If you like the ingredients, I vote you give it a try!

  21. I made this tonight and used zucchini noodles instead of pasta, it was amazing! Thank you for the wonderful recipe, I will definately be making this one again!

  22. Want to try this. currently living in Japan, no fresh brussels here. Do think frozen would work if I thawed them first of coarse. Thx 

    • Hey Christine! Wow, I hope you’re enjoying Japan! I think you could totally do this with frozen and thawed brussels, good luck!

  23.  I made this with spicy sausage and zucchini noodles instead of regular noodles and it was so delicious! Loved the recipe! 

  24. I LOVE this recipe. I make it at-least once a month. I’m single and can make about 5 meals off of it. It also freezes really well! I’ve tried different pastas, sausage and pre-made pesto– so its always a little different. I’ve also made it as a meal to take to other people (after a baby, surgery, etc) and its great since it can be frozen or reheated and taste just as good as when its first made! 

  25. Do you have the nutritional information for this dish?

    • Hi Sarah! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  26. Perfect combination. Delicious! I made as is and my two boys (9 and 11) loved it and husband too. Next time I will try the cheese tortellini, roasted pine nuts, and some sun dried tomatoes. Thank you!!

  27. Oh my!!!  I made this tonight with the tortellini and the pine nuts and I used a whole container of Parmesan cheese. Lol. This was so delicious!!! My hubby said it tasted like restaurant quality food. Lots of leftovers too. May even be good cold. Thanks for sharing. 

    • Hey Dwana, we’re so happy you and your hubby loved this! Thanks for sharing with us! :)

  28. Love this! I have made it about 5x now, exactly as the recipe calls. My husband asks for it every other week. Even my 18 month old eats it. Thank you for sharing. 

  29. Thank you for sharing. This has become a staple recipe in our house. We absolutely love it, and it’s so easy. 

  30. love love this!! I used spicy sausage.I had added a little lemon sauce flavor.You do not have to it is great ether way.

  31. I make this all of the time. It’s a great easy meal to take to work.

  32. I️ used Trader Joe’s pesto and it was delicious!

  33. I couldn’t find my meal box subscription recipe for something similar, and came across this instead. It was perfect! We had frozen pesto to use up, and the only thing I changed was to add chopped onion in while I sauteed the sausage. Thanks!

  34. Great recipe, love Brussels sprouts, one of my go to meals. I always have the ingredients on hand.

  35. I realize this is a very old post but I came across this recipe via Google and I’m going to try it out tonight! I just bought the spicy Italian chicken sausage at Trader Joe’s! Going to add brussel sprouts, their vegan pesto and red lentil pasta! Yum! Thanks for sharing

  36. Can I just say this is a simple masterpiece!!! I made it with shredded brussel sprouts and roasted the garlic with it, also i couldnt find chicken sausage so i used italian and used the pesto on the side.
    And added fresh green onion at the end.
    My family loved it will be making again thank you!

  37. I love this recipe and it is part of our meal rotation. So good and easy to make. I used Roasted Garlic sausages and eliminated the sliced garlic and decreased the salt on the Brussels sprouts. The roasted Brussels sprouts are wonderful. Leftovers ( if any) are great!

  38. Love this recipe! I use Trader Joe’s pesto (a whole jar) and it’s great. I also use Trader Joe’s garlic chicken sausage, add extra garlic and deglaze the sausage pan with white wine. Great, easy weeknight recipe!

  39. Loved it! I used apple chicken sausage.

  40. Super easy to make! I made this for my husband, toddler and myself, it was a hit. My mother had it for left overs and really enjoyed it as well! Unfortunately my grocery store doesn’t carry orecchiette pasta so I used bow tie pasta and it’s great. I’ve made it 3 times so far and just as good each time. Thanks for the recipe!

  41. I make this recipe with broccoli instead of brussel sprouts! Wife loves it.

  42. Delicious!

  43. SO GOOD. Enough said. I add this to my weekly dinner rotation all the time. We use zoodles instead of pasta when we’re trying to go easy on the carbs! ?

  44. This was SO good! I added a few tablespoons of cream to the sauce because I had some heavy cream I wanted to use up. A little less healthy, but a whole lot delicious! Roasting the brussels sprouts adds layers of flavor and texture to the dish. Delightful!

  45. Fast and easy and delicious leftovers!

  46. Absolutely delicious and surprisingly easy! Already added it to my recipe rotation.

  47. This recipe is devine! I just used Trader Joe’s brown rice fusilli pasta, kale cashew pesto, and shredded brussel sprouts with chicken sausage. I also added sundried tomatoes for fun.. such a good, delicious and EASY recipe!!

  48. Hey I just made this today and because I cooked of course I had to taste it and omg it’s delicious. My husband was sold at the words pesto and sausage. I did follow the recipe as is but next time I’ll probably add sliced mushrooms. Thank you.