Sausage and Pesto Orecchiette

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Orecchiette, which means "little ears" in Italian, is the ideal vehicle to hold a chunky sauce. If you can't find orecchiette, try small shell pasta.

  • Portion size 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 340 g orecchiette pasta
  • 2 Italian sausages about 10 oz (280 g)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup pesto

Method

Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente; drain, reserving ? cup cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat 1 tsp olive oil over medium heat; cook sausages until browned and almost cooked through, about 7 minutes. Remove to cutting board and slice.
In same skillet, heat 2 tsp olive oil over medium heat; cook onion, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes.

Return sausage to pan; cook, stirring often, until cooked through, about 3 minutes. Stir in spinach; cook until starting to wilt, about 1 minute. Add pasta and pesto; toss with enough of the reserved cooking liquid to coat.

Nutritional facts per serving: about

  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sodium 671 mg
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Protein 23 g
  • Calories 629.0
  • Total fat 28 g
  • Potassium 426 mg
  • Cholesterol 38 mg
  • Saturated fat 7 g
  • Total carbohydrate 69 g

%RDI

  • Iron 36.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 95.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 9.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 27.0
  • Vitamin C 7.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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