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Sausage & Asparagus Pasta
Recipe courtesy North Dakota Wheat Commission


Ingredients
8 ounces penne or similar shaped pasta
2 tablespoons oil, divided
12 ounces precooked smoked beef sausage, cut into -inch slices
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic minced
2 cups asparagus spears cut into 1 -inch pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (1 teaspoon dried basil)
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper
4 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
Shredded Parmesan cheese


Instructions
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet; add sausage and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, turning occasionally. Add onion and garlic; cook until lightly browned. Add asparagus, bell pepper, broth, basil, salt and pepper; mix well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until asparagus is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon oil and tomatoes; cook about 5 minutes or until bubbly. Add pasta; toss to mix. Place in serving bowl. Sprinkle with cheese. Serves 5.


Nutritional Information
Each serving provides approximately 412 calories, 19 g protein, 38 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 20 g fat, 50 mg cholesterol, 142 mcg folate, 4 mg iron, 973 mg sodium.