Italian Pork Sausage Pasta with Zucchini & Oregano Breadcrumbs
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Italian Pork Sausage Pasta

with Zucchini & Oregano Breadcrumbs

30 MIN
4 Servings
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    In this dish, ruffle-edged mafalda pasta is perfectly paired with the classic, aromatic spices of hot Italian pork sausage and bites of sautéed zucchini—plus a touch of mascarpone cheese for creamy finish.
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    Italian Pork Sausage Pasta with Zucchini & Oregano Breadcrumbs
    Title
    • 10 oz Hot Italian Pork Sausage
    • ¾ lb Mafalda Pasta
    • 2 Zucchini
    • 1 Yellow Onion
    • ¼ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
    • 1 14-Oz Can Whole Peeled Tomatoes
    • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 1 tsp Whole Dried Oregano
    • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
    • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
    • ¼ cup Cream
    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the zucchini; quarter lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Place the tomatoes in a bowl; gently break apart with your hands.

    Make the oregano breadcrumbs
    2 Make the oregano breadcrumbs

    In a large pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the breadcrumbs and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl; stir in the parmesan. Wipe out the pan.

    Cook the zucchini
    3 Cook the zucchini

    In the same pan, 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 slightly softened. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

    Cook the sausage & make the sauce
    4 Cook the sausage & make the sauce

    In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sausage. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the sliced onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the onion is slightly softened. Add the crushed tomatoes (carefully, as the liquid may splatter), cream, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the liquid is slightly thickened and the sausage is cooked through. Turn off the heat.

    Cook the pasta
    5 Cook the pasta

    Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 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.

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

    To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked sausage and sauce, cooked zucchini, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until combined and 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 oregano breadcrumbs. Enjoy!

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    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the zucchini; quarter lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Place the tomatoes in a bowl; gently break apart with your hands.

    2 Make the oregano breadcrumbs

    In a large pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the breadcrumbs and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl; stir in the parmesan. Wipe out the pan.

    Make the oregano breadcrumbs
    Cook the zucchini
    3 Cook the zucchini

    In the same pan, 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 slightly softened. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

    4 Cook the sausage & make the sauce

    In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sausage. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the sliced onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the onion is slightly softened. Add the crushed tomatoes (carefully, as the liquid may splatter), cream, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the liquid is slightly thickened and the sausage is cooked through. Turn off the heat.

    Cook the sausage & make the sauce
    Cook the pasta
    5 Cook the pasta

    Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 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.

    6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

    To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked sausage and sauce, cooked zucchini, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until combined and 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 oregano breadcrumbs. Enjoy!

    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
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