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Makeover Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe

Makeover Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe

This slimmed-down version of a savory supper has just half the calories, 20% of the fat, 15% of the saturated fat and about 40% of the cholesterol. Yet the full-flavor result is one her family—and your—can enjoy without the guilt.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
  • 3/4 pound turkey Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 3/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the sausage, red pepper and onion over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain and return to the pan.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, half-and-half, milk, wine or chicken broth, cheese, salt, pepper and paprika until blended. Add to the sausage mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat.
  • 3. Drain pasta. In a large bowl, combine sausage mixture and pasta. Before serving, sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 343 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 600 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 21 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 reduced-fat milk.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.