Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Spicy Sausage and Artichoke Pasta

My sister gave me an awesome cook book full of super low fat recipes and this is one of them! Yum, I love artichokes, and sweet sausage, and pasta..... So this dinner was perfect! It all comes together really quick too! Sure to fix a pasta craving any night!


1/2 lb. sweet turkey sausage
8 oz. short pasta
3 medium tomatoes, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup slices fresh mushrooms
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
2 tablespoons lemon juice
fresh parmesan cheese

1. Start by boiling a big pot of water. When your water is boiling toss in some salt and the pasta. Cook pasta 9-11 minutes or until al dente.
2.While your pasta is cooking, lets get working on the sauce. Start by cooking your turkey sausage in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When the meat is cooked through add in the tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, garlic, basil, oregano, cayenne, and black pepper. Stir everything together and cover. Cook 10-12 minutes, until tomatoes are soft.
3. Add the artichoke hearts and lemon juice to the skillet. Cook until everything is heated through. When the pasta is done cooking add the pasta into the skillet. Sprinkle with 1/4-1/2 parmesam cheese and toss is all together. Add a bit of pasta water to make a nice sauce..... yum!
4. Plate your pasta and enjoy.

* serve this dish with a crisp green salad, fresh fruit, and garlic bread!

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