Pasta With Sausage, Arugula, and Bread Crumbs

Pasta With Sausage, Arugula, and Crispy Bread Crumbs
Kana Okada
The Japanese-style bread crumbs hold their shape and remain crunchy during cooking.

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Serves 4
preparation
20
minutes
cooking
20
minutes

Ingredients

3/4
pound
gemelli or another short pasta
3
tablespoons
olive oil
1/2
cup
panko bread crumbs
1
tablespoon
fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
kosher salt and black pepper
3/4
pound
Italian sausage links, casings removed
1
medium onion, thinly sliced
5
ounces
baby arugula (about 6 cups)

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve ½ cup of the cooking water; drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bread crumbs and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in the thyme and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper; transfer to a small bowl. Wipe out the skillet.
  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and onion and cook, breaking up the sausage with a spoon, until the onion is soft and the sausage is browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Add the sausage mixture, arugula, and ¼ cup of the reserved cooking water to the pasta and toss to combine (add more cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce). Serve sprinkled with the bread crumbs.
Dawn Perry
November 2012

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 594
  • Fat 23 g
  • Sat Fat 6 g
  • Cholesterol 25 mg
  • Sodium 669 mg
  • Protein 22 g
  • Carbohydrate 75 g
  • Sugar 6 g
  • Fiber 4 g
  • Iron 4 mg
  • Calcium 96 mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.