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Spicy Chicken Pasta and Peas with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Spicy Chicken Pasta and Peas with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce - Spicy chicken sausage in sun-dried tomato goat cheese sauce, topped w/sweet fresh summer peas.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Chicken, Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 513 kcal
Author Holly Sander

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 3-4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, cleaned, ends trimmed and rough chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oil from sun-dried tomatoes (or olive oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh shelled sweet peas (you want about 2 cups of peas total
  • 1/2 pound penne pasta (or other pasta of your choice)
  • 1 pound hot chicken sausage links, casings removed
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
  • Fresh basil julienned for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, green onions, salt, and pepper in food processor and process for about 2 minutes. While processing add only enough oil to reach a smooth and creamy texture.
  2. Remove all peas from their shells and drop into an inch of boiling water for two minutes. Immediately strain them and shock in a bowl with ice and cold water, or spread them out on a cookie sheet and refrigerate them (this will prevent them from overcooking and getting mushy).
  3. Cook pasta to al dente, strain, and set aside.
  4. Remove spicy chicken sausage from the casing. Saute in a large saucepan over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until cooked completely.
  5. Add the goat cheese sun-dried tomato mixture, and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Stir in almond milk, then let the mixture heat up completely.
  7. Carefully fold in the al dente pasta and sweet peas.
  8. Garnish with fresh chopped basil, Parmesan cheese, and serve with crusty grilled bread.

Recipe Notes

You can use frozen peas for this recipe. Follow the preparation instructions on the package and be careful to not overcook.