Grilled Sausage and Pesto Pasta

Use the hot grill to grill garlic bread or heat focaccia to accompany this easy and hearty summer dish. Toss fresh garden tomato wedges lightly with a vinaigrette to serve alongside. Grill fresh peaches over dying coals, brush with butter and brown sugar and serve on top of vanilla ice cream.

Grilled Sausage and Pesto Pasta

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces Italian sausage links
  • 8 ounces farfalle pasta OR other small pasta shape, cooked and drained, kept warm
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto, purchased or homemade
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Fresh basil, chopped

Instructions

  1. Prepare medium-hot fire in grill; grill sausage directly over fire, turning to cook and brown evenly, about 10-12 minutes, until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 160 degrees F.
  2. Remove from fire and set aside.
  3. In large shallow bowl, toss farfalle and pesto; toss to coat evenly.
  4. Slice sausage into rounds and add along with diced red pepper and cheese.
  5. Garnish with chopped fresh basil.

Prep: 5 min | Cook: 15 min | Yield: 4 servings

Nutritional Information: Calories: 720 calories Protein: 30 grams Fat: 46 grams Sodium: 1080 milligrams Cholesterol: 90 milligrams Saturated Fat: 16 grams Carbohydrates: 46 grams

Recipe and photo used with permission from: National Pork Board