Italian Sausage Artichoke Pasta with Parmesan Cheese

Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. garlic-infused olive oil
  • 1 lb. (16 oz.) ground Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 16-oz. package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 c. dry vermouth
  • 2 c. low-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1 c. oil-packed sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 12 oz. (about 3 c.) short whole wheat pasta, such as penne or farfalle
  • 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c. basil, chopped
  • 1/2 c. parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Heat oil in heavy, large and deep skillet over medium-high. Add sausage and brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer to bowl; drain fat from skillet. Add artichokes and garlic to same skillet. Sauté over medium heat until garlic is tender, about 2 minutes. Add vermouth, 1 1/2 cups of broth and sundried tomatoes. Bring to boil over medium-high. Mix remaining 1/2 cup of broth with cornstarch; stir into mixture and cook until sauce is slightly reduced, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep warm.

Meanwhile, bring large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta until al dente, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Drain. Add pasta, sausage, cheese, basil and parsley to artichoke mixture. Toss until sauce is almost absorbed by pasta. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Photo & recipe courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.