Fusilli Pasta with Summer Sausage, Snap Peas, and Red Bell Pepper

This is one of my favorite pasta dishes! It’s incredibly quick to throw together and tastes even better the next day after it has had time to marinate in the dressing. I usually make a big batch and we eat it for dinner and then for lunches the next day or two. It also makes a great dish to bring to a potluck.

The veggies are raw and blanched giving the pasta salad a light, crisp texture. The summer sausage and cheese provide bold flavors and the balsamic vinaigrette is tangy and delicious!

I used whole summer sausage and sliced it because I like a thicker slice, but you can save time by using Organic Valley’s pre-sliced summer sausage. The cheese can be switched up to your liking! I used Ludwig Farmstead Creamery’s raw milk Gouda, but it also tastes great with Kenny’s Farmhouse White Cheddar or Organic Valley’s raw milk Monterey Jack.

Instructions

  1. Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a boil and add pasta. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. In the last minute of cooking add the snap peas. Remove from heat, drain, and run cold water over the top to cool. Set aside to drain.
  2. Once the pasta and snap peas are completely cooled, add them to a serving bowl. Stir in the cheese, summer sausage, bell pepper and dressing.
  3. Serve immediately or store in fridge until ready to eat. Serves 4-6 as a side dish.

 


Recipe Credit

Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips. Follow her at facebook.com/organicbeth