Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Italian Sausage Pasta

with garlic bread

Prep & Cook Time: 10-15 min.

Cook Within: 4 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Spice Level: Not Spicy

Contains: Milk, Wheat

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In Your Box (serves 2)

  • Info
    8 oz. Cooked Penne Pasta
  • 8 oz. Italian Pork Sausage Links
  • 1 Zucchini
  • Info
    1 Ciabatta
  • 3 fl. oz. Tomato Sauce
  • Info
    1 oz. Light Cream Cheese
  • Info
    ¾ oz. Roasted Garlic & Herb Butter
  • Info
    1 Tbsp. Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
  • Info
    ½ oz. Shredded Parmesan Cheese

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  • Nutrition (per serving)

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Non-Stick Pan
  • 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, working in batches, if necessary.

  • If using chicken breasts, pat dry, and on a clean cutting board, cut into 1” dice. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Follow same instructions as Italian sausage in Step 1, stirring occasionally until chicken reaches minimum internal temperature, 5-7 minutes.

  • If using ground beef, season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Follow same instructions as Italian sausage in Step 1, breaking up until beef reaches minimum internal temperature, 4-6 minutes.

  • If using Impossible burger, season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Follow same instructions as Italian sausage in Step 1, breaking up until burger is heated through, 4-6 minutes.

  1. 1

    Cook Italian Sausage and Prepare Zucchini

    Remove Italian sausage from casing, if necessary.

    Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat.

    Add 1 tsp. olive oil and Italian sausage to hot pan. Break into smaller pieces until no pink remains and Italian sausage reaches a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees, 4-6 minutes.

    Transfer Italian sausage to a plate. Keep pan over medium-high heat.

    While Italian sausage cooks, trim zucchini ends, quarter lengthwise, and cut into 1/2" dice.

  2. 2

    Cook Zucchini and Make Sauce

    Add zucchini to hot pan. Stir often until starting to soften, 2-4 minutes.

    Stir in tomato sauce, 1/4 cup water, pesto, and softened cream cheese. Bring to a simmer.

    Once simmering, stir occasionally until combined, 1-2 minutes.

    Stir in pasta and Italian sausage until fully coated.

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

    While sauce cooks, continue recipe.

  3. 3

    Make the Garlic Bread

    Place a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat.

    While pan heats, if necessary, split ciabatta. Spread butter on cut sides.

    Place ciabatta in hot, dry pan, cut side down. Toast until slightly crispy, 1-2 minutes.

    Remove from burner.

  4. 4

    Finish the Dish

    Plate dish as pictured on front of card, topping pasta with cheese. Halve garlic bread, if desired. Bon appétit!

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