Lemon Basil Asparagus & Sausage Pasta

It’s spring! Here’s a light and yummy meal to help you welcome the new season with seasonal produce.

Ingredients

For 4 servings:

  • 8 ozs Brown Rice Pasta
  • 8 ozs Organic Chicken Sausage (Spicy Italian)
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsps Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Lemon (zest & juice)
  • 1 cup Basil Leaves (chopped)
  • 2 tbsps Chives
  • 1/2 cup Green Olives
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper
  • 1 bunch Asparagus (chopped)
  • 3 Garlic (cloves minced)
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 cup Dry White Wine
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese (grated)
  • 4 cups Baby Spinach

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta to al dente, according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together 1/4 cup olive oil, vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, basil, chives, and olives in a bowl, or pulse in the food processor. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In the same pot used to cook the pasta, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the chicken sausage and brown all over, about 5 to 8 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the asparagus, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook another 5 minutes or until the broccolini is tender. Add the wine. Simmer 2-3 minutes, then add the pasta and parmesan, tossing well to coat.
  4. Add the basil/olive sauce and toss. Remove from the heat and serve immediately topped with additional basil and parmesan. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Per serving:

  • Calories = 551
  • Fat = 30g
  • Carbs = 54g
  • Protein = 19g

Notes

  • Cooking time = 30 minutes
  • What’s a serving size: One serving is equal to about 1 1/2 cups.
  • Dairy-Free? Use oil instead of butter.
  • Not a fan of sausage? Use ground meat or lentils instead.

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