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Sausage-bean pasta makes hearty one-dish meal

October 2, 2012 

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Beans are paired with pasta in this one-dish, Italian-style meal. The sauce for the White Bean and Sausage Linguine is a light white sauce with only a little cream; it takes its flavor and texture from the fresh herbs and vegetables.

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  • Parmesan Tomatoes 1 large ripe tomato 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup fresh chives, snipped with scissors Salt and freshly ground black pepper WASH and slice tomato and layer on a serving plate. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese and then chives. Add salt and pepper to taste. Yield: 2 servings Per serving: 34 calories (26 percent from fat), 1.0 g fat (0.5 g saturated, 0.3 g monounsaturated), 2 mg cholesterol, 2.2 g protein, 5.1 g carbohydrates, 1.7 g fiber, 44 mg sodium.
  • White Bean and Sausage Linguine 1 cup fat-free, low-salt chicken broth 1 cup frozen diced onion 1/2 medium red bell pepper, sliced (1 cup) 1 stalk celery, sliced ( 1/2 cup) 1/2 pound low-fat turkey sausage, sliced 1/4 pound fresh linguine 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 cup canned Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon light cream 1/2 cup fresh basil Salt and freshly ground black pepper PLACE large saucepan with 3 to 4 quarts water on to boil for the pasta. Heat 1/4 cup chicken broth in a medium-size nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, red bell pepper, celery and sausage. Saute 10 minutes. If vegetables start to burn, add another 1/4 cup broth. ADD linguine to boiling water. Boil 3 minutes or according to package instructions, if using dry instead of fresh linguine. ADD garlic, beans, pepper flakes and remaining broth to skillet and saute 5 further minutes. Remove from heat and add cream and basil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drain pasta and toss with sauce. Serve on individual plates. Yield: 2 servings. Per serving: 617 calories (18 percent from fat), 12.5 g fat (3.5 g saturated, 3.2 g monounsaturated),89 mg cholesterol, 42.1 g protein, 83.9 g carbohydrates, 11.6 g fiber, 1001 mg sodium.

Beans are paired with pasta in this one-dish, Italian-style meal. The sauce for the White Bean and Sausage Linguine is a light white sauce with only a little cream; it takes its flavor and texture from the fresh herbs and vegetables.

I used an Italian-style turkey sausage flavored with fennel.

I prefer the smaller Great Northern beans for this recipe. Small cannellini beans also work well, but can be hard to find.

A fresh, ripe tomato with Parmesan cheese and chives makes a colorful side dish. Since only a small amount of Parmesan is needed, I like to buy the best quality. Look for Parmigiano-Reggiano stenciled on the rind; that means it has been aged at least two years, producing a melt-in-your-mouth texture.

This dish, more savory than spicy, would go nicely with a rich and silky pinot blanc.

This meal contains a total of 651 calories per serving with 19 percent of calories from fat.

A few helpful hints: Any type of low-fat sausage can be used. Minced garlic can be found in the produce department. If fresh basil is unavailable, use fresh rosemary or thyme. The fastest way to chop chives is to cut them with a scissors.

To see printable versions of the recipes, click on the names below:

White Bean and Sausage Linguine

Parmesan Tomatoes

Linda Gassenheimer: DinnerInMinutes.com.

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