Meal Kit

Creamy Sausage and Pesto Cavatappi

with grape tomatoes and baby spinach

Prep & Cook Time: 20-30 min.

Cook Within: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Spice Level: Not Spicy

Contains: Milk, Wheat

All ingredients are individually packaged, but our central facility is not certified allergen-free. Furthermore, ingredient contents may vary. Please check ingredient packaging for allergens and nutrition facts. If you have serious allergies, please use your best judgment or consult a health professional to decide if our meals are safe for you!
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Playful pasta may seem like a thing of childhood, when one's pasta may have been made of play dough and Mom yelled at you when you ate it. But adult pasta can be playful, too! Look at these cavatappi, little corkscrews, which hold on to the delicious herbaceous pesto flavor in each curl. Add some tomatoes, some spinach, and some feisty Italian sausage and you've got a pasta that's playful and then some.

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • 8 oz. Italian Pork Sausage Links
  • Info
    6 oz. Cavatappi Pasta
  • 4 oz. Grape Tomatoes
  • Info
    3 oz. Light Cream Cheese
  • 2 oz. Baby Spinach
  • Info
    3 Tbsp. Basil Pesto
  • Info
    1 oz. Shredded Parmesan Cheese

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  • Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
    840
  • Carbohydrates
    75g
  • Fat
    44g
  • Protein
    41g
  • Sodium
    1650mg

Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • 1 Colander
  • 1 Medium Pot
  • 1 Large Non-Stick Pan

Before You Cook

Cooking Guidelines

To ensure food safety, the FDA recommends the following as minimum internal cooking temperatures:

  • Steak and Pork 145° F (rest cooked meat, 3 minutes) |
  • Seafood 145° F |
  • Chicken 165° F |
  • Ground Beef 160° F |
  • Ground Turkey 165° F |
  • Ground Pork 160° F

Customize It Instructions

  • If using 16 oz. Italian sausage, follow same instructions as 8 oz. Italian sausage, cooking in batches if necessary.

  1. 1

    Cook the Pasta

    Once water in medium pot is boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente, 10-12 minutes.

    Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water. Drain pasta into a colander and set aside.

    While pasta cooks, prepare ingredients.

  2. 2

    Prepare the Ingredients

    Halve tomatoes.

    Coarsely chop spinach.

    Remove Italian sausage from casing, if necessary.

  3. 3

    Cook the Italian Sausage

    Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil.

    Add Italian sausage to hot pan. Stir occasionally, breaking up sausage, until no pink remains and sausage reaches a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees, 4-6 minutes.

  4. 4

    Make the Sauce

    Stir half the reserved pasta cooking water, cream cheese, and pesto into hot pan until combined.

    Add tomatoes, pasta, spinach, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Bring to a simmer.

    Once simmering, stir occasionally until sauce thickens and coats pasta, 1-2 minutes.

    If too thick, add remaining pasta cooking water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Remove from burner.

  5. 5

    Finish the Dish

    Plate dish as pictured on front of card, garnishing pasta with Parmesan. Bon appétit!

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