Italian Sausage and Pasta in Basil Cream Sauce

Italian Sausage and Pasta in Basil Cream Sauce from Pillsbury™ Baking

Tags: Main Course

  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Ready Time: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 3/4 cups uncooked gemelli pasta (12 oz.)
  • 1 pound bulk spicy Italian pork sausage
  • 1 can Progresso® Recipe Starters® creamy Parmesan basil cooking sauce
  • 1/4 cup Pillsbury BEST™ All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Crisco® Light Tasting Olive Oil
  • 5 cups coarsely chopped arugula
  • 1/3 cup julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes in oil (from 8 oz. jar)

Preparation Directions

  • Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water; cover to keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking into 3/4-inch pieces, or until no longer pink; drain. Set aside.
  • In 3-quart saucepan, stir cooking sauce, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper with wire whisk until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until thick and bubbly. Stir in sausage. Wipe out skillet.
  • In same skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add arugula and sun-dried tomatoes; cook 2 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until arugula is wilted. Stir into sausage mixture.
  • Toss cooked pasta with sausage mixture, adding reserved cooking water 1 tablespoon at a time until sauce is of desired consistency.

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Nutritional Information Per Serving

Serving Size (1/6 of recipe), Calories 570 (Calories from Fat 280), Total Fat 31g (Saturated Fat 10g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 60mg, Sodium 770mg, Total Carbohydrate 52g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 5g), Protein 21g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 15%, Vitamin C 20%, Calcium 8%, Iron 20%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

* Ensure all recipe ingredients are gluten free by referencing the ingredient labels, as products may vary. If uncertain, contact the ingredient manufacturer.