Capellini with Sun-dried Tomato Sausage, Lemon, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 15m

Serves 8

Capellini is very thin pasta shaped like spaghetti. If you can't find sun-dried tomato sausage use mild or hot Italian sausage instead. You can purchase sun-dried tomato sausages at most specialty food stores, many supermarkets and online.


  • 2 pounds dried capellini or other thin pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds sun-dried tomato-flavored sausage, casings removed
  • 12 drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Grated peel from 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 30 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, about 6 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and sauté until cooked through, breaking up sausage with spatula, about 6 minutes. Add sun-dried tomatoes, lemon peel and lemon juice. Cook 1 minute longer. Add cherry tomatoes and cook just until heated through, about 1 minute longer.

Toss sausage mixture, cooked pasta and basil in large serving bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

Recipes created exclusively for by Bruce Aidells, author of The Complete Meat Cookbook and Bruce Aidells' Complete Sausage Book.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 4623

nutrition information per serving

797 calories; 44g total fat; 91mg cholesterol; 1346mg sodium; 68g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 34g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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