Pasta With Sausage & Mozzarella


A quick pasta dish is a lifesaver for busy families, and is also a great comfort food. Plus, you get to be creative and try out different ingredients. If you don't have broccolini or bocconcini, seared or grilled bell peppers and a generous sprinkle of goat cheese are also delicious.  (Recipe from Real Simple)



3/4 pound fettuccine

1 tablespoon olive oil

3/4 pound Italian sausage, casings removed

1 bunch broccolini, chopped

1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

8 ounces bocconcini (fresh mozzarella balls)




Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and return it to the pot.


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned, 7 to 8 minutes; transfer to a plate.


Add the broccolini to the drippings in the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 7 minutes (add a little water if the skillet becomes too dark).


Stir in the rosemary and red pepper flakes. Add the sausage, broccolini, and bocconcini to the pasta and toss to combine.





Photo: Paul Sirisalee