Orechiette with Sausage, Beans and Mascarpone

If your family INSISTS on having red sauce on their pasta (like mine does) then this may not be the dish for you. However, I will say that having served them a couple of pasta dishes lately without red sauce, they are s-l-o-w-l-y coming around to the idea that pasta does not have to be covered in marinara.

1 pound orechiette pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound turkey sausage, casing removed
1 small onion, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

In a large, heavy skillet warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and onions. Using a wooden spoon break up the sausage into bite-sized pieces as it browns.

Continue cooking until the sausage is golden and the onions are tender. Add the beans and oregano cook for 2 more minutes. Add the cup of pasta cooking liquid and stir, scrapping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the mascarpone cheese and stir until it dissolved into a light sauce. Add the salt, pepper, and hot pasta. Stir until coated and serve.

Did I change anything? I didn’t use as much pasta as the recipe called for. I used probably closer to 3/4 lb.

What did the family think? After they got over the fact that it didn’t have red sauce in it, they liked it.

from Food Network

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