Bowtie Pasta with Smashed Peas and Italian Sausage

October 21, 2021 By: Comments
Tagged: Fried Fried. Dinner Dinner. Leftovers Leftovers. Pasta Pasta. Meal Prep Meal Prep. Pasta Dish Pasta Dish. Cheese Cheese. Garlic Garlic. Quick & Easy Quick & Easy. Quick Dinner Quick Dinner. Italian Italian. Meat Department Meat Department. Lunch Lunch. Sausage Sausage.
5 minutes
15 minutes
Quick and easy meal that's ready in about 15 minutes.


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  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes if dry or according to package directions if fresh. Drain pasta reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet heat the olive oil and garlic over medium-high heat and add the sausage. Use a wooden spoon to break up the sausage into bite-sized bits. When the sausage has browned, about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside. Add the peas to the pan and, using the back of the wooden spoon, smash the peas. Turn off the heat. Add the ricotta cheese along with the cooked pasta and toss to coat, adding the pasta cooking water in 1/4 cup additions, if needed, to make the pasta moist. Add salt, pepper and italian seasoning, Return the sausage to the pan. Add the parmesan cheese, and salt. Toss gently to coat and serve immediately.