Monday, November 29, 2010

Shells with Sausage, Beans, and Mascarpone, final take!

This dish with the maple sausage is fantastic.  The sausage has the perfect amount of flavor that blends so well with the oregano.

(I know, it's the same picture as before.  It still applies.)

Shells with Sausage, Beans, and Mascarpone

Ingredients (serves 2)
1.5oz small shell pasta
1/4 tablespoon olive oil
9 Bob Evans Maple Link Sausages, casings removed
1/3 cup onion, chopped
4 oz great northern beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped
1/6 cup mascarpone cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch pepper

Bring a pot of salted water to boil.
Add pasta and cook until al dente, according to box directions.
Drain pasta and reserve 1/6 cup of the water.
In a large skillet (not non-stick), heat olive oil over medium high heat.
Add the sausage and onion and cook, breaking up the sausage as it browns.
Cook until the sausage is just golden and the onion is tender.
Add the beans and oregano, and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the pasta water and stir.
Add the mascarpone cheese and stir until it dissolves into a light sauce.
Add the salt, pepper, and hot pasta, and stir until combined.

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