Italian Sausage with Pasta and Herbs Recipe | Yummly

Italian Sausage with Pasta and Herbs

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Italian Sausage with Pasta and Herbs

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  • 1 lb. italian sausage
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups zucchini (cubed)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 8 oz. rotini
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (part skim)
  • 2 Tbsp. dried herbs (basil, sage, parsely)
  • Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
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    1. Cut sausage diagonally into 1-inch pieces and cook sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, turning to cook and brown evenly, about 10 to 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. Set aside.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and add zucchini and red pepper. Cook over medium heat until tender but still crisp, about 3-4 minutes.
    3. Cook the rotini according to the directions on the package. Drain and reserve 1 cup cooking water. Add pasta to skillet and stir in ricotta. Add 1/2 cup pasta water and stir until creamy. Stir in sausage. Add more water if mixture is too dry.
    4. Sprinkle with herbs and Parmesan cheese.
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    Lisa Donner 8 days ago
    so easy & so good!I substituted cottage cheese for the ricotta & added a laughing cow wedge.
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    Emma Walters 2 years ago
    It was okay, the spiciness of the Italian sausage kind of overkilled to me, and definitely add more water than suggested to the ricotta cheese and pasta at that step, but other than that the zucchini and pepper went SUPER well together especially with the pasta.
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    Roger H 2 years ago
    It’s pretty good. I would add some more spice to it. I added paprika, a pinch of southwest seasoning, cumin. I think if you don’t add more seasoning, it would be on the bland side
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    Lindsey Dodd 2 years ago
    It was pretty good. You have to spice it up a bit- I added several seasonings(such as paprika and Cajun spice to the sausage), thyme, basil, red pepper flakes and oregano (fresh-while cooking; in addition to dried on top) fresh garlic, cooked EVERYTHING in lots of olive oil, and tossed in lemon juice at the end. Also broccoli is a nice addition and some shredded Parmesan to garnish. Do NOT add the 1/2 c of water, it’s not necessary! Just add your ricotta, whether or not you use lemon juice (or white vinegar would also be a good acidic substitute) at the end! Also I once subbed summer squash for zucchini, both are good.
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    Matt 2 years ago
    Kinda bland in flavor - we did not use zucchini but added 1/2 onion
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    Ingrid L. 3 years ago
    Needs a little something more for flavour
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    Thyra Ulfrbani 3 years ago
    love it! i I added pesto and less water
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    Katie A. Y. 3 years ago
    I used Beyond Meat sausage and it turned out really well.
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    Gloria Perez 3 years ago
    great! i substituted some veggies for others and used mozzarella cheese instead of riccota (since I don't for it)
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    Skrub 3 years ago
    Really good. Didn't need the 1/2 cup of water, it was creamy enough when mixed with the pasta.
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    Seth B. 3 years ago
    We all loved it, even tge kids! I would recommend cooking the sausage first and then cutting it up though.
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    it was okay. a little much on the dried herbs
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    jamie lucero 3 years ago
    Great. added spincach because i had it. and seaoned with garlic and herbs salt and pepper.
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    Domke 3 years ago
    Turned out very well
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    Ange 3 years ago
    Turned out pretty good. I would make this again.
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    Catherine Boan 3 years ago
    Was very delicious, turned out amazing. Love the recipe
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    Goold 4 years ago
    Delicious! I sautés lots of minced garlic before adding the red pepper and zucchini. I also added mushrooms, an Italian seasoning blend and minced onion. Served this with garlic bread. The whole family loved it
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    j 4 years ago
    very plain, too plain for my liking. But after adding several different spices I loved it
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    Tom T 4 years ago
    excellent. simple yummly
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    Tess 4 years ago
    a little blah..i added cream cheese and salt and pepper as well as galic powder to make it better.
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    Camille Jones 4 years ago
    Yay! So good! Yummy! How many words do I have to put in before it lets me go to the next step?
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    zairest gameing 4 years ago
    it was good, but it was blan.
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    Jon Cleaveland 4 years ago
    Great little dinner. Perfect for quick set up and eat!!
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    Christina Osborne 4 years ago
    This turned out to be a hit! My husband loved it and just kept saying how good it was and my children wanted to take some leftovers home with them. I did add a bit of garlic powder to it just to spruce up the flavor. I also made the zucchini fritters that you can find on Yummly to go with this recipe. Those were amazingly good as well and gave a nice change of texture with this pasta dish.
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    LARON BROWN 4 years ago
    added more seasoning
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    Jennifer Martinez 4 years ago
    i enjoyed making this dish. its yummy! i also added a little garlic for some added taste! i would make it again!
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    Kayla Furmanek 4 years ago
    we added mozarella and garlic but good overall
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    Jessica Ayala 4 years ago
    needs more flavor add garlic
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    deannagingrich 4 years ago
    pretty good! i added garlic, though...had to!
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    Jessye V. 4 years ago
    We used vegan Italian sausage and added in garlic and mushrooms! The outcome was perfectly delicious!