Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage, Leeks, and Fontina

Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage, Leeks, and Fontina Recipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Serve a heart-warming veggie, sausage, and pasta toss for a quick dinner on a cool night.

Yield:

6 servings (serving size: 1 2/3 cups)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 385
Caloriesfromfat 21 %
Fat 8.9 g
Satfat 3.2 g
Monofat 3.8 g
Polyfat 1.2 g
Protein 17.3 g
Carbohydrate 64.3 g
Fiber 8.3 g
Cholesterol 18 mg
Iron 3.8 mg
Sodium 658 mg
Calcium 119 mg

Ingredients

6 quarts water
2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 pound uncooked whole wheat penne or rigatoni
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (4-ounce) link sweet Italian sausage
2 cups chopped leek
4 cups shredded Savoy cabbage (about 9 1/2 ounces)
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded fontina cheese

Preparation

Bring 6 quarts water and 2 teaspoons salt to a boil in a large stockpot. Stir in pasta; partially cover, and return to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook 8 minutes or until pasta is almost al dente, stirring occasionally. Drain.

While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove casing from the sausage. Add sausage to Dutch oven; cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring to crumble. Add leek; cook 2 minutes or until leek is soft, stirring frequently. Add cabbage; cook 2 minutes or until cabbage wilts, stirring frequently. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, broth, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until vegetables are very tender.

Add pasta to Dutch oven, tossing well to coat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, or until pasta is al dente. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Serve immediately.

Lidia Bastianich

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Felidia, Becco, Esca, New York City; Lidia's Kansas City; Lidia's Pittsburgh

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La Cucina di Lidia (Lidia's Italian Kitchen), Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen, Lidia's Family Table

December 2004
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