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Penne with sausage, broccoli is low-fat delight

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This low-fat Penne with Sausage and Broccoli is not a dish hungry husbands and children will find wispy.

In spite of its restrained fat content, it's a hearty and nourishing dish for all the family and its taste has a wide appeal.Hands-on time for making it is 25 minutes, according to "The Low-Fat Living Cookbook" (Rod-ale Press, $27.95). The book, by Leslie L. Cooper, author of the popular "Low-Fat Living," has 250 easy-to-make recipes.


1 pound penne pasta

3 cups broccoli florets

4 cloves garlic, minced

12 ounces low-fat turkey sausage or chicken sausage, casings removed

1/2 cup fat-free chicken broth or vegetable broth

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Ground black pepper

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water for 8 minutes. Add the broccoli and cook for 3 minutes, or until the pasta and broccoli are just tender. Drain and place in a large bowl.

Coat a large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and place over medium-heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Crumble the sausage into the skillet. Cook, breaking up the pieces with a wooden spoon, for 5 minutes, or until browned. Pour over the pasta.

Add the broth, Parmesan, oil and vinegar to the pasta. Toss to mix. Season with pepper.

Cook's tips: Check your local supermarket or butcher for flavored sausage: They include chicken and apple, Santa Fe-style and sun-dried tomato and basil. Sprinkle the dish with red-pepper flakes for more kick.

- Nutritional information per serving: 456 cal., 10.3 g fat, 25.1 g pro., 65 g carbo., 42 mg chol., 675 mg sodium.