It's called "Little Ears" Pasta because it uses orecchiette pasta.
8 oz broccoli
9 oz sweet Italian pork sausage
6 oz. orecchiette pasta
1 tsp chili flakes
2 oz pesto
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
This makes 5 cups of the pasta dish.
Boil pasta, stirring occasionally, until al dente 9-12 minutes. Carefully scoop out and reserve 1/4 cup pasta cooking water, then drain.
Cut broccoli florets into bite sized pieces. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add broccoli and 2 tsp water. Cover and steam 3 minutes.
Uncover and increase heat to medium high. Cook, tossing occasionally until browned and tender, 3-6 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan and set aside.
Heat another drizzle of olive oil in same pan over medium high heat. Add sausage, breaking up meat into pieces. (Casings should have been removed if they were there.) Cook until crisp at edges and no longer pink, 4-5 minutes. Add a pinch of chili flakes (to taste) and cook another 30 seconds.
Add orecchiette, broccoli, pesto, pasta cooking water, and half the Parmesan to pan. Toss until everything is well-coated and a thick sauce has formed, 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Use leftover parmesan to sprinkle on finished dishes.
My family likes this dish. It's a Hello Fresh meal and is supposed to feed two people, but it makes 5 cups. That's a lot of food for two people, or at least for DH and me.