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Rustic Sausage & Angel Hair

(Family Features) - There's a chill in the air, inspiring menus to comfort and satisfy.

It's the perfect time for pasta. Rustic Sausage & Angel Hair is just right for a quick weeknight meal or casual entertaining. The combination of mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes and turkey sausage simmers only minutes to marry the flavors into a simple, savory sauce to complement, without overwhelming, the delicate angel hair.

While the sauce simmers, toss a salad to round out a homemade dinner that can be table ready in about 30 minutes. Angel hair is the busy cook's best friend. Just five minutes cooking and it's ready to serve as a quick side when tossed with olive oil, herbs and shredded Parmesan, or as a speedy vegetarian entrée with the addition of pre-shredded Italian cheese blend and steamed or sautéed vegetables.    

Because it is prepared with Dreamfields pasta, a serving of Rustic Sausage & Angel Hair has only 17 grams of digestible carbohydrates (compared to 47 grams if traditional pasta was used), important especially for the 81 million Americans with diabetes or pre-diabetes. It's also a healthy choice for the entire family. Made with durum wheat semolina, the taste and texture are the same as traditional pasta, but with fewer digestible carbohydrates and a lower glycemic index per serving. It boasts twice the fiber of regular pasta (5 grams per serving which is comparable to whole grain pasta); much of it comes from inulin, a 100 percent natural prebiotic fiber which helps improve digestive health and supports a healthy immune system.

For more recipes, serving suggestions and information on healthy eating, visit www.DreamfieldsFoods.com.

Rustic Sausage & Angel Hair

Ingredients
  • 1/2 box Dreamfields Angel Hair
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound hot turkey Italian sausage, casings removed, crumbled
  • 3/4 pound fresh baby portobello, cremini or white mushrooms, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped bell pepper (any color or a combination)
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

Preparation
    1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pan.
    2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook about 5 minutes until sausage is cooked through, stirring frequently.
    3. Add mushrooms, bell pepper and Italian seasoning. Reduce heat to medium; continue cooking, 3 to 4 minutes until mushrooms begin to soften, stirring frequently. Stir in tomatoes; cook 5 to 7 minutes until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
    4. To serve, spoon sauce over pasta and toss. Or, add pasta to skillet with sauce and toss. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

Calories: 336g     Total Fat: 10g
Cholesterol: 32mg     Protein: 19g
Carbohydrates: 17g     Sodium: 716mg

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
*If traditional pasta is used in this recipe there is a total of 47 g carbohydrate. For more information go to www.dreamfieldsfoods.com.

SOURCE: Dreamfields Pasta


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