Food Recipes Pesto Orecchiette With Chicken Sausage 3.5 (673) 6 Reviews Use the fully-cooked Italian-style chicken sausage in this pesto pasta recipe, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes. By Charlyne Mattox Charlyne Mattox Charlyne Mattox is the food and crafts director at Country Living and former staff food editor at Real Simple. She has over 20 years of experience in the media industry. Charlyne is also the author of the recipe book, Cooking with Seeds, published in 2015. Highlights: * Over 20 years of experience in the media industry * Former associate food editor, Martha Stewart Living - 9 years * Former staff food editor, Real Simple - 4 years * Current food and crafts director, Country Living - nearly 8 years * Author of Cooking with Seeds, published 2015 Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Updated on December 14, 2016 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Con Poulos Hands On Time: 20 mins Total Time: 20 mins Yield: 4 serves Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 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 ⅓ cup pesto ½ cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces) Directions 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. 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. 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). Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 666 Calories 26g Fat 76g Carbs 32g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label 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.