Macaroni with Sausage and Ricotta

A bit of sausage goes a long way in flavoring the creamy ricotta tomato sauce in this healthy and quick pasta recipe. Serve with a green salad and crusty gluten free Italian bread.  Ted and I truly enjoyed this more than traditional pasta with jarred sauce.    Fantastic!

Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 6 tablespoons finely chopped yellow onion
    • 6 ounces mild pork sausage, casings removed
    • 1 14-ounce can no-salt-added whole peeled tomatoes, chopped, with their juice
    • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
    • ⅛ teaspoon salt plus 1 tablespoon, divided
    • 12 ounces thin tube-shaped pasta, I used gluten free
    • 6 tablespoons part-skim ricotta cheese
    • 10 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
    • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Directions

  • 1Put 2 quarts of water on to boil in a large pot.
  • 2Meanwhile, combine oil, onion and sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring and crumbling the sausage with a spoon, until the onion is golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, pepper and ⅛ teaspoon salt; cook until the tomatoes have reduced and separated from the oil, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • 3Add the remaining 1 tablespoon salt to the boiling water, stir in pasta and cook according to package instructions until just tender.
  • 4 Just before the pasta is done, return the sauce to medium-low heat. Add ricotta and basil and stir until combined. When the pasta is done, drain well and toss with the sauce and Parmigiano. Serve at once.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1⅓ cups
  • Per serving: 361 calories; 12 g fat(4 g sat); 4 g fiber; 48 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 176 mcg folate; 16 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 511 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 112 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 446 mg sodium; 279 mg potassium.

Original recipe from Eating Well

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