Friday, February 15, 2008

Recipe: Whole Wheat Penne with Broccoli and Sausage - 4 Servings

Recipe for healthy eating
Whole Wheat Penne with Broccoli and Sausage - 4 Servings

Triple play: Swapping turkey for pork sausage cuts artery-clogging saturated fat by a third; whole grain helps lower cholesterol; and broccoli has heart-protective antioxidants.

Total Time:25 min

1 serving: Calories 505; Carbohydrates 74g; Cholesterol 71mg; Dietary Fiber 10g; Fat 13g (Saturated Fat 4g); Sodium 760mg

12 ounce(s) whole wheat penne pasta
1 large bunch broccoli cut into florets
12 ounce(s) hot Italian turkey sausage
1 pint(s) grape tomatoes each cut in half
1/2 cup(s) fresh basil leaves (loosely packed) chopped
1/4 cup(s) freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese


Heat large saucepot of salted water to boiling on high. Add pasta and cook as label directs, adding broccoli when 3 minutes of cooking time remain. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water; drain pasta and broccoli.

Meanwhile, thinly slice sausage on the diagonal. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook sausage on medium 7 to 8 minutes or until it begins to brown, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes and cook 5 minutes longer, stirring.

Stir pasta, broccoli, and 1/4 cup pasta cooking water into sausage mixture in skillet; heat through, adding additional cooking water if needed. Remove from heat; stir in basil and cheese.

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