Yum yum yum yum yum. This meal was so Good – I loved it!
Scott doesn’t love pasta – he thinks that it is just filler when there’s other more tasty things that he could be eating – I strongly disagree. When I make pasta I try to find dishes that have a lot going on that he will enjoy. Well this one hit it out of the park! We both loved it and it was great as a leftover. I used Spolumbos mild Italian Sausage and Spolumbos Chicken and Sundried Tomato Sausage.
For sure this goes down as one of my favorite meals I’ve made!
- 3/4 cup drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, sliced, 2 tablespoons of oil reserved
- 1 pound Italian hot sausages, casings removed
- 2 (8-ounce) packages frozen artichoke hearts (I used a water-packed, canned artichokes)
- 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 16 ounces fusilli pasta
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan, plus additional for garnish
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
- 8 ounces water-packed fresh mozzarella, drained and cubed, optional
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Heat the oil reserved from the tomatoes in a heavy large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the sausages and cook until brown, breaking up the meat into bite-size pieces with a fork, about 8 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a bowl. Add the artichokes and garlic to the same skillet, and sauté over medium heat until the garlic is tender, about 2 minutes. Add the broth, wine, and sun-dried tomatoes. Boil over medium-high heat until the sauce reduces slightly, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the fusilli in boiling water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta (do not rinse). Add the pasta, sausage, 1/2 cup Parmesan, basil, and parsley to the artichoke mixture. Toss until the sauce is almost absorbed by the pasta. Stir in the mozzarella. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Serve, passing the additional Parmesan cheese alongside.
*Recipe compliments of Giada De Laurentiis