Fresh Summer Garden-Style Penne with Chicken Sausage and Ricotta

Fresh Summer Garden-Style Penne with Chicken Sausage and Ricotta

Fresh Summer Garden-Style Penne with Chicken Sausage and Ricotta

Summer is coming to an end and the holidays are just around the corner (yikes!).  So before I jump into fall seasonal recipes wafting of pumpkin and turkey, I wanted to share a few more recipes that I have tried this summer.  Those of you that garden can utilize the Fresh Summer Garden-Style Penne with Chicken Sausage and Ricotta recipe for those last few cherry tomatoes and zucchiniis that were harvested from your summer crop.

My favorite ingredient in this recipe is probably the zucchini.  Zucchini is just so versatile!  There are so many delicious recipes out there using it in so many different ways (breads, pastas, omelettes, pancakes, and cookies).  According to draxe.com zucchiniis are not only low in calories, but they are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties too.  Zucchini was first cultivated 10,000 years ago in South America for their seeds.  But now they are a great addition to your diet due to it’s low calorie, carb and sugar content.  It also is high in essential nutrients like potassium, manganese, and antioxidants like vitamin C and A.

Fresh Summer Garden-Style Penne with Chicken Sausage and Ricotta Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 4oz of whole wheat penne pasta
  • 8oz Italian style chicken sausage (casings removed)
  • 1 onion diced (I always prefer Vidalia)
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 small or 2 medium sized zucchiniis diced
  • 64 cherry tomatoes halved (2 large cartons from your super market)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves lightly chopped (The more you chop fresh herbs, the more of their flavor is left on your cutting board and not in your meal.  I learned this tip from my Gordon Ramsay Master Class.)
  • 1/2 cup (2 Tbsp per serving) part-skim ricotta

Instructions

  1. Cook penne according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile add sausage, onion, and garlic to a *nonstick skillet. Over medium heat, break up the sausage with a wooden spoon and cook until sausage is browned (about 5 minutes).  *I have used caphalon nonstick pans for a long time, however the coating always seems to come off with in a year or so of buying them.  So I have just started using using Made by Design nonstick pots and pans from Target, and so far they’ve been fabulous!
  3. Add zucchini, tomatoes, salt, and pepper.  Cook stirring often until zucchini is crisp and tender (about 2 minutes).  Add pasta and basil stirring to combine.
  4. Divide pasta mixture up amongst four sealable microwave safe containers (I like to use Snapware), seal containers, and store in refridgerator until ready to enjoy.  When ready to enjoy, reheat in microwave 2-3 minutes and top with 2 Tbsp of ricotta.

Notes

Nutritional Info

I discovered this recipe in Weight Watchers “Fresh and Easy” cook book.  Each serving contains 313 calories, 8 grams of total fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 43 grams of total carbohydrates, 12 grams of sugar, 8 grams of fiber, and 23 grams of protein.

Grocery List

Below is a chart of price comparison grocery stores. When reviewing this chart, keep in mind that the prices may have changed slightly from when I visited these stores. Please take into consideration when reviewing this chart that Whole Foods only offers organic options, and also offers coupons and cash back programs to its Amazon Prime members. The Target prices do not include the 5% red debit card discount, cartwheel offers (since these change weekly), or the $0.05 off per bag for any bags used from home. Also be sure to check Publix’s current bogo list. If you really desire convenience both Publix and Target offer delivery, and Target also offers buy online/store pick up too. This is a great option if you are trying to stay on a budget, because it prevents impulse purchases that can often happen from going into the store.

Price Comparison for Penne with Sweet Italian Sausage Zucchini and Riccotta

Final Thoughts

Want more quick and easy recipes?  Try the Clean 200 Calorie Buffalo Chicken Crockpot. This is a great fall recipe, perfect for football season, and for all you buffalo chicken fans out there.

Looking back over the past summer season, what have been some of your favorite summer recipes?  What are some of your favorite things to make with zucchini?  I’d love to hear from you.

Bon appetite,

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