Cavatappi & Yellow Tomato Sauce with Poblano Pepper & Zucchini

Cavatappi & Yellow Tomato Sauce

with Poblano Pepper & Zucchini

25 MIN
2 Servings
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    For bright flavor and gorgeous, sunny color, we’re tossing delightfully curly cavatappi pasta with a sauce of yellow tomatoes, poblano pepper, and briny capers—complete with a dusting of savory parmesan cheese just before serving.
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    Cavatappi & Yellow Tomato Sauce with Poblano Pepper & Zucchini
    Title
    • 6 oz Cavatappi Pasta
    • 1 14-Oz Can Whole Peeled Yellow Tomatoes
    • 1 Yellow Onion
    • 1 Tbsp Capers
    • 1 Zucchini
    • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
    • 10 oz Hot Italian Pork Sausage
    • 1 Poblano Pepper
    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the zucchini lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Cut off and discard the stem of the pepper; remove the core. Halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling.

    Cook the sausage
    2 Cook the sausage

    In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sausage. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 7 to 9 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a bowl.

    Brown the zucchini
    3 Brown the zucchini

    In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned; season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to the bowl of cooked sausage and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan. 

    Cook the pasta
    4 Cook the pasta

    Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 9 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

    Make the sauce
    5 Make the sauce

    Place the tomatoes in a bowl; gently break apart with your hands. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the sliced onion and sliced pepper; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened. Add the capers and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Add the crushed tomatoes (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally,  5 to 6 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
    6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

    To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked sausage and zucchini, sauce, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the parmesan. Enjoy!

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the zucchini lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Cut off and discard the stem of the pepper; remove the core. Halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Thoroughly wash your hands immediately after handling.

    2 Cook the sausage

    In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sausage. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 7 to 9 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a bowl.

    Cook the sausage
    Brown the zucchini
    3 Brown the zucchini

    In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned; season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to the bowl of cooked sausage and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan. 

    4 Cook the pasta

    Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 9 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

    Cook the pasta
    Make the sauce
    5 Make the sauce

    Place the tomatoes in a bowl; gently break apart with your hands. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the sliced onion and sliced pepper; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened. Add the capers and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Add the crushed tomatoes (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally,  5 to 6 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

    To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked sausage and zucchini, sauce, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the parmesan. Enjoy!

    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
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