Chicken sausage? Check.
Cheese? Check check.
I think we’re good here.
I made this pasta last night for our small group and was sorta shocked at how good it turned out. You know those dishes when you just throw everything your kitchen together in a pot and say a prayer? That was kinda my Monday. Adam and I had volunteered to cook dinner for six people (read: Adam volunteered me to cook dinner for six people) and I needed something tasty and portable that could be thrown together in a flash.
Enter zucchini pasta.
The zucchini is sauteed with shallot, garlic and chicken sausage, then dressed in creamy mascarpone cheese (the same stuff you make tiramisu with!) and lemon juice with a sprinkle of sea salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. It’s delicious, nutritious and seriously comes together in only about 20 minutes.
You could, of course, leave out the chicken sausage. I probably would have if I were just making this for us…but since I was feeding two other hungry boys I tossed it in.
I felt sort of like Rachael Ray when I was making this. Minus the garbage bowl and…..nevermind.
It’s really good—you should try it! I’ll leave it at that.
16 oz bow-tie pasta
2 lbs zucchini, sliced
6 oz chicken sausage (I used a spinach, fontina cheese and garlic kind from Trader Joe’s), sliced
juice of 1 lemon
8 oz mascarpone cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 T olive oil
1 shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until el dente. Drain and keep warm.
In a large skillet or heavy-bottomed pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the zucchini slices and sausage and saute for 5 minutes or until zucchini is just about tender but not mushy. Add the garlic and shallot and saute for another two minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the marscapone cheese and toss well so that the cheese melts. Add lemon juice, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. The sauce will look broken but will come together when you add the pasta.
Add pasta and serve with additional black pepper and freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
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