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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sausage Artichoke and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

This pasta is one of our favorites!! My kids even like the artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes in it! I sometimes use turkey Italian sausage instead of pork and it works out great for a lower fat version! Try this one soon!!

Sausage Artichokes and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

¾ cup sun dried tomato slices
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
1 (15-ounce) can water packed quartered artichoke hearts
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can chicken broth
1lb. rotini pasta
½ cup shredded Parmesan, plus additional for garnish
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 teaspoon dried parsley
8 ounces mozzarella, cubed
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat a large skillet over high heat, add sausage and cook until brown, breaking up the meat into bite size pieces. Add the artichokes and garlic to the skillet, and sauté over medium heat until the garlic is tender, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and sun dried tomatoes. Boil over medium-high heat until the sauce reduces slightly, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta in boiling water according to package directions. Drain the pasta and add to the skillet along with ½ cup Parmesan cheese, basil, and parsley. Toss until the sauce is almost absorbed by the pasta. Stir in the mozzarella. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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Roberta said...

Is it marienated artichokes or water-packed?

Country Cookin' Mama said...

water packed. :)

firewife said...

where do you buy sun dried tomatos

Country Cookin' Mama said...

Hi firewife,
There are a couple of places that you can usually find sun dried tomatoes at the store. First, you can try looking in the produce section for the sun dried tomatoes, they will proabably be in a small bag, just dried. Or you can look for the sun dried tomatoes in oil, which will be near the canned vegetables. I have used both kinds in this recipe, they both work fine. I have found the ones in oil at Costco before. And I've also got them at Winco, which is a grocery store out here that sells bulk foods, I found them in the bulk dried fruit section. Good luck! If you have any problems I'm sure you can just ask someone that works at the store where they are. :)