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Italian Sausage with Pasta and Herbs

Italian Sausage with Pasta and HerbsAn easy pasta meal for the busy weeknight time crunch. Use different dried herbs to suit your family's tastes. Serve with a green salad and fresh fruit.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound Italian dinner sausage links
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups zucchini, cubed
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
8 ounces rotini pasta
1 cup ricotta cheese, part skim
2 tablespoons dried herbs, (basil, oregano, sage, parsley)
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated for sprinkling

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cut sausage diagonally into 1-inch pieces and cook sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, turning to cook and brown evenly, about 10 to 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°F (70°C). Set aside. Cool slightly and cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and add zucchini and red pepper. Cook over medium heat until tender but still crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Cook the rotini according to the directions on the package. Drain and reserve 1 cup cooking water.
  4. Add pasta to skillet and stir in ricotta. Add 1/2 cup pasta water and stir until creamy. Stir in sausage. Add more water if mixture is too dry.
  5. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese before serving.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 510 calories; Protein: 34 grams; Fat: 19 grams; Sodium: 730 milligrams; Cholesterol: 55 milligrams; Saturated Fat: 7 grams; Carbohydrates: 51 grams; Fiber: 3 grams.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Pork, Be Inspired®.