Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sausage and Roasted Pepper Pasta

Prep: 25 min.

Cook: 15 min.

Serves: 6


1 lb. penne

1 1/4 cups broccoli florets

3 Tbsp. olive oil

4 links hot or sweet turkey sausage

1 cup chopped jarred roasted red bell peppers

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. hot red pepper flakes

1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package label directions, adding broccoli for last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain well in a colander.

2. In a medium nonstick skillet warm 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, turning frequently, for 10 to 12 minutes, or until well browned and cooked through. Transfer sausage to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, cut sausage crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

3. Return pasta and broccoli to cooking pot and add sausage, roasted peppers, remaining olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper flakes. Toss to combine well; serve hot.

Kitchen tips

Get saucy. If you prefer more of a sauce, reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water before draining the pasta and broccoli. Add the cooking water just a few tablespoons at a time to the pasta when tossing it with the other ingredients.

Add some cheese. To give the dish extra bite, sprinkle grated Parmesan or Romano on top just before serving.

A recipe I got from All You Magazine.