When I asked my husband what I should say about this dish, his response was "it's tasteful and tantalizing." Not exactly what I had in mind, but sure. Mostly it's easy and good. Try it and let me know what you think. No really. Let me know.
Penne with Zucchini Sauce and Sausage
Recipe adapted from the back of Barilla pasta box
Picture by Kelly
1 pound Italian sausage
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium zucchini, sliced 1/3 inch thick and quartered
1 cup plum tomatoes, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
10 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
1/4 teaspoon salt*
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 box (16 oz) penne pasta
1/2 cup pasta water
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink in the center, about 5-7 minutes. Remove sausage from skillet (place on a plate with a paper towel under it).
- Heat oil in skillet; saute zucchini, tomato, basil, garlic, salt and pepper until vegetables are tender, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in sausage.
- Meanwhile, cook penne. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup water.
- Add pasta to sausage mixture. Toss, adding reserved pasta water until it reaches your desired consistency (I used a little over 1/4 cup). Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.