Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage Recipe

Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage Recipe

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Last Christmas Eric gave me a subscription to Food Network magazine — I never really used a recipe from it until now – I saw this lovely spinach pesto pasta with chicken sausage recipe

I decided to use the structure of that recipe but adapted it – first I ended up using basil for my pesto — there is something so lovely about a basil pesto; however, I just took a cooking class and we made fennel pesto and it is pretty amazing — so I might try the spinach next time

I also included a ton more cheese to my recipe and the addition of sun-dried tomatoes – I never use to use these type of tomatoes but I find that they are very helpful in Italian cooking

When I like to do is heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan and place the sun-dried and garlic into the pan — the oil gains tons of flavor from each ( seriously amazing )

Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage Recipe

This is everything you will need – I used pine nuts that are uber expensive so you can use walnuts if you would like in replacement

This recipe is enough for about 4 – 6 — you can make this recipe gluten free by using gluten free pasta 🙂

Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage Recipe

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Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 box of dried pasta
  • 4 cups of basil
  • ⅓ Cup of Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup of Pine Nuts ( toasted - 350 place on cookie sheet for 10 minutes)
  • Zest of Lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • ⅓ Cup of Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • Pepper
  • 3 Sausage - Cut into Bite size pieces

Instructions

  1. Boil water in a pot and cook all the pasta while the pasta is cooking
  2. Add a small amount of oil to a large skillet - add garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and cook for a minute - add sausage ( you just want to cook it for a couple of minutes) place sausage on plate and turn off heat
  3. In a food processor place basil, salt, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts and lemon zest ( just a pinch) and oil - process till well blended
  4. In the large skillet heat again add pasta, pesto, sausage and everything else --- I added in some basil leaves for more texture
  5. Enjoy