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Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage, Peas and Ricotta

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This hearty one-pot pasta meal is filled with whole wheat bowtie pasta, sweet Italian turkey sausage and creamy ricotta cheese.

Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage, Peas and Ricotta - A fast and healthy one-pot pasta recipe

Pasta night is a common occurrence in most homes and for good reason – it’s quick-cooking, affordable and super versatile. While my boys are pretty good eaters, they are definitely are the most picky at dinnertime than other meals of the day.

Sausage Peas and Ricotta Pasta - A fast one-pot dinner recipe

One dinner I know will always be a hit is a dish with plenty of pasta, meat and bright green veggies like peas. Throw in two types of cheese to the mix? I know it’ll be a guaranteed home run.

This comforting one-pot pasta meal is made with whole wheat bowties, sweet Italian turkey sausage, creamy part-skim ricotta and sharp parmesan cheese.

Pasta with Sausage, Peas and Ricotta - A fast and healthy one-pot pasta recipe

When the ricotta is tossed with the parmesan cheese and warm pasta, it turns into a rich and creamy cheese sauce that is much lighter than traditional pasta sauces. Leftovers taste even better the next day so be sure to double the batch for a quick re-heatable lunch or dinner later in the week.

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Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage, Peas and Ricotta - A fast and healthy one-pot pasta recipe

Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage, Peas and Ricotta

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This hearty one-pot pasta meal is filled with whole wheat bowtie pasta, sweet Italian turkey sausage and creamy ricotta cheese.
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 20 mins
TOTAL: 30 mins
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Servings: 4

Ingredients
 

  • 8 ounces whole wheat bowties (or pasta of choice)
  • 4 sweet Italian turkey sausage links (casings removed)
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 1 cup green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup minced parsley or basil (optional garnish)
  • chili flakes – optional garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Prepare pasta according to package instructions reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
  • Pre-heat a large deep skillet over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Cook sausage until a golden brown crust forms and meat is fully cooked through, about 7-9 minutes.
  • Add garlic and green peas to the pan and heat until warmed through, about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in reserved cooking liquid from pasta, parmesan cheese and olive oil. Add cooked pasta to the pot and toss well. Heat until warmed through, another 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in fresh minced parsley. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Pour pasta into a large serving bowl or between four large pasta bowls. Dollop each with 1/4 cup ricotta cheese and garnish with chili flakes and extra parmesan cheese to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 571kcalCarbohydrates: 45.8gProtein: 32gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 11.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 20.4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 1413mgFiber: 8.3gSugar: 5.9g

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22 Comments

  1. I have a couple. One is a pasta/tarragon/lemon/broccoli/chicken combo and another is white beans, chicken sausage, and sweet potatoes. Have you ever made your own ricotta?

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