By: EatingWell User
Great beginner recipe
The first time I made this I had a problem with the cheese sauce and all of my cheese ended up in a big lump. After that first time I did things a little differently.
I cook the sausage in a large pan with a lid. Once the sausage is cooked I add the garlic, arugula (I've also used spinach) and grape or cherry tomatoes that are cut in half or quarters, depending on how big they are. I stir it up, cover it and leave it for awhile. I keep checking and stirring it until the tomatoes are broken down well. Usually, because I've had a lid on the pan, I have a good amount of liquid. I add some olive oil to everything in the pan and mix it up. I usually don't need the extra cooking water. I then drain my pasta and dump the contents of the pan into it and mix it all up. I only add cheese at the end and only to the portion I'm eating. I find it works out best for me this way, no clumping cheese. I cook only for myself so this leaves me plenty of leftovers to bring to work for lunch and additional dinners. I use an entire 1 pound box of pasta and either turkey or chicken sausage that I get from a farmers market or Whole Foods. I try to get it as close to a pound as possible but sometimes I end up with a little more so I use it all.
Pros: easy, tasty, leftovers