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For a fast weeknight pasta dinner, why not cook your sauce and pasta all at once? By using the exact amount of water you need to cook the pasta--no colanders here--the starch that cooks off into your pasta water, which you usually drain away, stays in the pot, giving you delectably creamy results.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, December 2016


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Recipe Summary

35 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine pasta, sausage, kale, tomatoes, onion, garlic, pesto, Italian seasoning, salt and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Stir in water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil, stirring frequently, until the pasta is cooked and the water has almost evaporated, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Serve garnished with Parmesan, if desired.


Nutrition Facts

about 1 1/2 cups each
307 calories; protein 14.1g; carbohydrates 43.8g; dietary fiber 6.4g; sugars 4.1g; fat 10g; saturated fat 3.2g; cholesterol 15.2mg; vitamin a iu 2370.3IU; vitamin c 31.7mg; folate 58.5mcg; calcium 124mg; iron 2.8mg; magnesium 86.2mg; potassium 528.6mg; sodium 725.1mg; thiamin 0.4mg.

2 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat