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Italian Sausage and Pepper Pasta May 8, 2011

Ingredients:
1/2 lb raw Italian-style turkey sausage, casings removed
2 tsp olive oil
2 medium yellow peppers, cut into 2-inch long strips
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup red wine
1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
28oz canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
8oz uncooked, whole-wheat fusilli pasta (swirls)
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped

Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Cook pasta until al dente and drain.
2. Cook sausage in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Remove to a plate.
3. Heat oil in same skillet.  Add yellow peppers and onion.  Cook until vegetables are lightly colored and tender, about 5 minutes.
4. Add wine and garlic.  Cook until most of liquid evaporates.  Add tomatoes, crushed red pepper, and browned sausage, bring to a boil.
5. Reduce to medium-low heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender and sauce is heated through, about 10 minutes.
6. Add pasta and basil to sauce; toss to mix and coat.  Yields about 1 1/3 cups per serving.

Weight Watcher Details:
Points Plus Value – 7
Servings – 6

***I served this dish with a salad (fat free dressing) and the entire family enjoyed the meal.  Not a single person complained about our switch to whole wheat pasta.  Two thumbs up!

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