Pesto Orecchiette With Chicken Sausage


Use the fully-cooked Italian-style chicken sausage in this pesto pasta recipe, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes.

Pesto Orecchiette With Chicken Sausage
Photo: Con Poulos
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 serves


  • ¾ pound orecchiette

  • ½ pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 cup frozen peas

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 8 ounces fully cooked Italian-style chicken sausage links, thinly sliced

  • cup pesto

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces)


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, adding the green beans and peas during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water; drain the pasta and vegetables and return them to the pot.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes.

  3. Add the sausage, pesto, Parmesan, and ½ cup of the reserved cooking water to the pasta and vegetables and toss to combine (add more cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

666 Calories
26g Fat
76g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 666
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 913mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 32g
Calcium 291mg 22%
Iron 4mg 22%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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