Thursday, July 21, 2011

Recipe of the Week: Pasta with Turkey Sausage and White Beans

While watching the Cooking Channel (my new favorite food channel) a few weeks ago, this wonderful creamy pasta dish caught our eye. I love it's simplicity and the fact that it can be easily adapted using vegetarian sausage....not that we made it that way the first time...just saying...keep your options open.


Pasta with Turkey Sausage
Slightly adapted from Everyday Italian


1 pound pasta; I prefer penne but recipe calls for orechiette (hard to find little ear shape)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3/4 pound turkey sausage; ground (or meat substitute); casings removed if buying links
1 15oz can of white beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
1/2 mascarpone cheese (alternatively you could use 1/2 ricotta and 1/2 cream cheese mixed together)
salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese and a few oregano leaves, optional


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook according to directions while preparing the sauce (reserving 1 cup of pasta water for the sauce).

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat and cook onion, 3-5 minutes until translucent. Add sausage and break into bite size pieces while browning about 7-10 minutes.

Add beans and oregano and stir together, cooking an additional 2-3 minutes. Add a cup of the pasta water and scrap any browned sausage bits off the bottom of the pan. Slowly add the cheese and stir until a sauce forms. Season with salt and pepper.

Add pasta to the sauce and stir together. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and a few springs of fresh oregano.

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