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Fusilli with Spicy Chicken Sausage, Tomato, and Ricotta Cheese

Source: Quick from Scratch - Chicken, Turkey, and Cornish Hen
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  Serves 4
Hearty and comforting, this pasta makes a great meal for a cold winter evening. If you like, replace the hot sausages with mild ones, or use turkey sausage instead.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound hot chicken sausages
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
Pinch dried red-pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 pound fusilli
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
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In a large, deep frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the sausage and cook, turning, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove the sausage and, when it is cool enough to handle, cut it into 1/4-inch slices. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from the pan.

Reduce the heat to moderately low. Add the onion to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds longer.

Add the wine and bring to a simmer. Add the sausage, tomatoes, water, rosemary, red-pepper flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Stir in the parsley.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the fusilli until just done, about 13 minutes. Drain and toss with the sauce, the ricotta, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 576
Fat. Total: 27g
Fiber: 3g
Carbohydrates, Total: 51g
Sodium: 1469mg
% Cal. from Fat: 42%
Cholesterol: 132mg
Protein: 28g
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Rating: 5
by: Erin, GA Reviewed: 01/11/2010
Tasty pasta recipe
We really enjoyed the flavors of this recipe. It's a great winter meal that is easy and fun to make. We did not use an entire pound of sausage, however. In fact, we used 3/4 of a pound and would probably even cut it to 1/2 next time. All around great recipe though.
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