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Pear & Turkey Sausage Rigatoni Recipe

Pear & Turkey Sausage Rigatoni Recipe

The sweet pear, salty sausage and creamy blue cheese are a wonderful combination in this dish. It tastes just like something you'd get at a great restaurant. —Debby Harden, Williamston, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked rigatoni or large tube pasta
  • 2 Italian turkey sausage links (4 ounces each), casings removed
  • 2 medium pears, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, divided
  • Toasted sliced almonds, optional

Directions

  • 1. Cook rigatoni according to package directions.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook sausage over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into large crumbles. Add pears; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • 3. Drain rigatoni; add to sausage mixture. Add spinach, cream and 1/4 cup cheese; cook 3-4 minutes or until spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally. Top with remaining cheese. If desired, sprinkle with almonds. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, spread in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 5-10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Or, spread in a dry nonstick skillet and heat over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups (calculated without almonds) equals 273 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 333 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 13 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 medium-fat meat.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.