Tomato Basil Chicken Sausage Pesto Pasta

Pasta of all shapes, sizes, and origins is my absolute favorite food to eat, but often times you can feel guilty eating pasta multiple times a week. Thankfully more and more non-traditional pastas are popping up that are made from protein packed ingredients like lentils and chickpeas! Throw in some chicken sausage, tomatoes, and basil pesto and you can feel pretty good about eating something incredibly delicious!

Instructions

  1. Heat ½ tbsp. olive oil in a large deep skillet on medium heat. Sear the sausage links on one side for 1 ½ minutes, then flip for another 1 ½ minutes until golden brown. Then fill the skillet with water until the sausages are almost completely submerged and boil uncovered until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (around 10 minutes). Place the sausages aside on a cutting board to rest and tent with foil to keep warm.
  2. Boil a pot of water (unsalted if using the chickpea pasta – it already contains salt) in a large pot.
  3. Drain and wipe out the skillet. Heat ½ tbsp. olive oil in the skillet on medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds until it becomes fragrant. Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper and sauté until the tomatoes begin to blister and burst (around 6-8 minutes).
  4. While the tomatoes cook, boil the pasta for 3-4 minutes (package says 2-3 but I feel like it needed longer). Using tongs or a pasta fork, add the pasta straight from the pot into the skillet with the tomatoes and garlic to incorporate a little bit of the pasta water and stir.
  5. Slice the sausage into rounds and add to the pasta.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, add the pesto, and stir.
  7. Serve with a little extra pesto, fresh basil, or your favorite cheese and enjoy!


Recipe Credit

Allison Breitenbach is a market researcher by day, and a home cook by night based in Southwest Ohio. She finds joy in creating aesthetically pleasing and delicious dishes from scratch or through existing recipes from around the food community. Her love of food and cooking led her to create the Instagram page @off.the.cuff.kitchen to house her dishes and interact with a community that share in her passion. Checkout her page for more!