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Easy Italian Pasta

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  24 reviews
  • 20 min prep time
  • 20 min total time
  • 5 ingredients
  • 4 servings
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Twenty minutes is all it takes to serve up a pasta dinner that rivals a restaurant meal.

Ingredients

2 1/2
cups uncooked cavatappi pasta (8 oz)
1/2
lb bulk spicy Italian pork sausage
6
to 7 medium plum (Roma) tomatoes, seeded, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
1
cup whipping (heavy) cream
1/2
cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese (2 oz)

Steps

  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, stirring frequently, until browned. Drain; return to skillet.
  • 3 Add tomatoes, cream and drained pasta to sausage; stir gently to mix. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thoroughly heated. (Do not boil.) Sprinkle with cheese.
  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, stirring frequently, until browned. Drain; return to skillet.
  • 3 Add tomatoes, cream and drained pasta to sausage; stir gently to mix. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thoroughly heated. (Do not boil.) Sprinkle with cheese.

Expert Tips

Cavatappi pasta is short, ridged, spiral macaroni.

Penne is a good alternative to the cavatappi pasta.

If you have fresh basil or oregano, it would make a nice addition to this recipe. Stir the chopped herbs in along with the cooked pasta. Be sure to save a few sprigs for garnish.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories
600
(
Calories from Fat
310),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
34g
34%
(Saturated Fat
18g,
18%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
110mg
110%;
Sodium
860mg
860%;
Total Carbohydrate
50g
50%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
23g
23%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
25%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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