Italian Sausage Cavatappi
with Herbed Ricotta
Grab some napkins and prepare yourself for a bowl of sheer comfort. Savoury Italian sausage takes centre stage in this hearty pasta with baby spinach and a generous dollop of creamy herbed ricotta.
Produced in a facility that processes milk, sesame, eggs, fish, shellfish, crustaceans, mustard, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybean and sulphites.
Mild Italian Sausage, uncased
Sweet Bell Pepper
Zesty Garlic Blend
Not included in your delivery
Before starting, add 10 cups water and 2 tsp salt to a large pot (use same for 4 ppl). Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Wash and dry all produce. Add cavatappi to the boiling water. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8-9 min. Reserve 1/2 cup (1 cup) pasta water, then drain and return cavatappi to the same pot, off heat. Add 1 tbsp (2 tbsp) butter to the pot, then stir to coat cavatappi.
Meanwhile, core, then cut pepper into 1/2-inch pieces. Peel, then cut half the onion into 1/2-inch pieces (whole onion for 4 ppl).Roughly chop spinach.Finely chop parsley.Combine ricotta, half the parsley, 1/8 tsp (1/4 tsp) salt and 1/8 tsp (1/4 tsp) pepper in a small bowl.
Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat.When hot, add 1/2 tbsp (1 tbsp) oil, then sausage. Cook, breaking up sausage into smaller pieces, until no pink remains, 4-5 min.** Season with salt and pepper.Transfer sausage to a plate.
Add 1/2 tbsp (1 tbsp) oil to the same pan, then onions and peppers. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender-crisp, 3-4 min. Season with salt and pepper.
Add crushed tomatoes, Zesty Garlic Blend, remaining parsley and 1/2 tsp (1 tsp) sugar to the pan. Bring to a simmer. Once simmering, cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens slightly and veggies are tender, 3-4 min. Remove from heat.
Add sausage, spinach, 1/4 cup (1/2 cup) pasta water and 1 tbsp (2 tbsp) butter to the pan. (TIP: For a lighter sauce consistency, add more reserved pasta water, 1-2 tbsp at a time, if desired.) Stir until butter is melted and spinach has wilted slightly, 1-2 min.Transfer sauce to the pot with cavatappi. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, then stir to combine. Divide pasta between bowls. Top with herbed ricotta.