Rapini and Garlic Penne with Lamb Sausage


Rapini and garlic pair nicely with the mild Italian lamb sausage in this classic Italian pasta dish.


Ingredients List:

  • 1 pkg (340 g) SunGold Mild Italian Lamb Sausage, sliced
  • 1 box (375 g) penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 1 bunch rapini, trimmed and cut into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch red chili flakes

Preparation & Directions:

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain, reserving 1/3 cup (75 mL) pasta water. 
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet set over medium-high heat; cook sausage for 2 minutes or until starting to brown.
  • Add rapini, onion, garlic, salt and pepper to skillet; cook, stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables start to soften.
  • Stir in tomato sauce; bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until sausage is cooked and rapini is tender.
  • Add pasta and pasta water to skillet; toss until pasta is well coated.
  • Stir in 2 tbsp (30 mL) grated cheese.
  • Transfer to serving platter; sprinkle chili flakes and remaining Parmesan cheese over top.

Tips:

  • If you find rapini too bitter, blanch in pot of boiling salted water for 2 minutes before using. Drain well.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

 

Nutrition Facts (Per 1/4 recipe)

  • Calories 696
  • Fat 27g
  • Cholesterol 62mg
  • Sodium 1169mg
  • Carbohydrate 80g
  • Fibre 8g
  • Sugars 9g
  • Protein 33g
  • Vitamin A 50% DV
  • Vitamin C 80% DV
  • Calcium 25% DV
  • Iron 50% DV