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Orecchiette with Sausage and Peas

Katelyn Ryan
Orecchiette with Sausage and Peas is a delicious blend of pasta, pork sausage, and peas. It is simple to make and a perfect weeknight meal.
4.5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 568 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb dry orecchiette pasta
  • 1 lb ground pork sausage
  • cups frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ lemon for juice
  • grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Boil a pot of salted water for the orecchiette pasta. Once boiling, cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  • While the water is boiling, cook the sausage. In a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat, cook the sausage until browned and cooked through. Remove the sausage from the pan and drain the fat. 
  • Place the frozen peas in a microwave-safe bowl with the recommended amount of water (on the package) and cook according to package instructions.
  • Heat the non-stick pan used to cook the sausage over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. Pour in the minced shallots and garlic, cook for approximately 3 minutes. Stir in the red pepper flakes. 
  • Return the sausage to the pan along with the cooked pasta and peas. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the mixture and season with salt and pepper. Stir until everything is well incorporated. Heat over medium-low heat until heated through.
  • Remove from heat and serve with parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Reserve a ¼ cup of starchy pasta water before draining the pasta. Stir it into the pasta-sausage mixture for a nice, creamy texture.
  • If you do not have a microwave, cook the peas in the same boiling water as the pasta. Boil the peas and then use a strainer spoon to remove them. Bring the water back to a boil before cooking the orecchiette pasta.
  • Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil over each pasta serving before sprinkling with parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 568kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 24gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 491mgPotassium: 478mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 386IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 3mg
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