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Orecchiette Pasta with Italian Sausage

Orecchiette Pasta with Italian SausageBusy day? Add this pasta and Italian sausage dish to your "go-to" list of quick and easy recipes—especially when you're in the mood for something exceptional to eat, yet requires minimal effort to prepare.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 pints cherry tomatoes
4 tablespoons olive oil - divided use
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 ounces (about 3 cups) uncooked orecchiette pasta
1 garlic clove, sliced
1 bunch lacinato* or curly kale, stems trimmed and torn into bite-sized pieces
1 pound cooked Italian sausage, sliced into 1-inch pieces
8 ounces Wisconsin Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, cut into cubes

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).
  2. Toss tomatoes on rimmed baking pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Roast until golden and collapsed, 20-25 minutes.
  3. Cook orecchiette in large pot of salted boiling water according to package directions.
  4. Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet over medium heat; add garlic and cook until sizzling and fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove garlic and add kale; lower heat and cover. Cook 2 minutes to wilt; stir in cooked, drained pasta, sausage and tomatoes.
  5. Remove from heat and gently stir in cheese.

Makes 6 servings.

*Lacinato is a variety of kale with a long tradition in Italian cuisine, especially Tuscany.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.