Creamy Sausage and Walnut 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, Tree Nuts

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During the Battle of the Bulge (World War II), an American general famously refused to surrender to the Germans by using a one-word retort: "Nuts!" We won the battle, and the war, and thus you're able to enjoy this delicious pasta, featuring those most delicious of nuts, walnuts, in freedom and health. You may not win your own personal battle of the bulge, with the creamy, cheesy sauce and crunchy Parmesan crisps, but who cares with this kind of flavor? Now as for the sausage being Italian…

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • Info
    6 oz. Cavatappi Pasta
  • Info
    2 oz. Light Cream Cheese
  • 2 oz. Baby Spinach
  • Info
    ½ oz. Walnut Halves
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    3 Tbsp. Basil Pesto
  • 4 oz. Grape Tomatoes
  • 8 oz. Italian Pork Sausage Links
  • Info
    0.24 oz. Parmesan Cheese Crisps

Due to our just-in-time sourcing model, we may have to send you a substitute ingredient. Not to worry! We make sure every ingredient sent to you meets our high quality standards. We’ll keep you informed should a switch occur, so please check the ingredient labels in your meal bag.

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

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

Before You Cook

  • 1

    Boil the Pasta

    Once water is boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente, 10-12 minutes. Reserve ½ cup pasta cooking water. Drain pasta into a colander and set aside. While pasta boils, prepare ingredients.

  • 2

    Prepare the Ingredients

    Halve tomatoes. Coarsely crush Parmesan crisps. Coarsely chop walnuts. Coarsely chop spinach. On a separate cutting board, remove Italian sausage from casing and break into bite-size pieces.

  • 3

    Cook the Sausage

    Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add sausage to hot pan and stir occasionally until no pink remains, 4-6 minutes.

  • 4

    Make the Sauce

    Add half the reserved pasta cooking water, cream cheese, and pesto, and stir until combined. Add grape tomatoes, pasta, spinach, and ¼ tsp. salt, and stir occasionally until sauce thickens to coat pasta, 2-3 minutes. If too thick, add remaining pasta cooking water, 1 Tbsp. at a time. Remove from burner.

  • 5

    Finish the Dish

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

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