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Italian Sausage with Pasta & Herbs

Serve this hearty comfort dish with grilled garlic bread or warm focaccia. It is delicious and easy-to-prepare and tastes just as good on day two - Go Leftovers! (Source: National Pork Board)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 lb Johnston’s Italian Sausage Links
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups zucchini cubed
  • ½ red pepper diced
  • 8 oz rotini pasta
  • 1 cup skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 tbsp dried herbs (Basil, Sage, Parsley)
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • Cut sausage diagonally into 1-inch pieces and cook in large skillet over medium heat, turning to cook and brown evenly, about 10 to 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°F. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet and add zucchini and red pepper. Cook over medium heat until tender but still crisp, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Cook pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Add pasta to skillet and stir in ricotta. Add ½ cup pasta water and stir until creamy. Stir in sausage. Add more water if mixture is too dry. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese.

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