Spaghetti with Bratwurst and Broccoli

Cook Time: 30 minutes | Serves 5-6

Spaghetti with Bratwurst and Broccoli

If you look closely, you can see some spaghetti squash in here. To learn how to cook
spaghetti and acorn squashes in the oven, check out this post.

What I used:

  • 1 box of whole wheat spaghetti ($1-ish at Aldi)
  • 1 can of marinara sauce ($1 at Aldi) and Alfredo sauce ($1 sale at Kroger last yr)
  • 1 pkg of 6 bratwursts ($3ish at Aldi)
  • 3 cups of fresh broccoli, chopped

How I made it:

  1. I placed the frozen bratwurst in the microwave for about 2 minutes on 80% power level. Likewise, I placed the frozen broccoli in a bowl of water to defrost. I had to wash the ice off the broccoli by hand to hurry up the process.
  2. While waiting for the microwave, I heated up a pot of water on the stove for the spaghetti.
  3. Then, I browned the bratwurst in a greased cast-iron skillet (you can use a nonstick pan if you don’t have cast iron). This took me about 15-20 minute because they were still quite cold after defrosting.
  4. At the same time, I cooked the spaghetti to al dente. (You can follow the box directions for time, or cook as long as you wish.)
  5. To steam the broccoli: I filled only the bottom of a big pot with water (about 1 cup water). After adding the defrosted broccoli, I let the water come to a boil on the stove. Then, I put on the lid on the pot, turned down the heat to medium and let it cook 5-10 minutes, til broccoli was vibrant green.
  6. Because I don’t have a saucepan (yet), I warmed up sauces in the microwave.

Yummm!

 

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