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Author Notes: Spicy chicken sausage in sun-dried tomato goat cheese sauce, topped w/sweet fresh summer peas. It’s an amazing contrast of flavors and textures that’s just right for summertime eating – or really all year round! —Holly
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- 4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes in oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 green onions, cleaned, ends trimmed and rough-chopped
- 2 tablespoons oil from sun-dried tomatoes (or use olive oil)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds fresh shelled sweet peas (you want about 2 cups of peas total; baby frozen peas can be used instead of fresh)
- 1/2 pound penne pasta (or pasta of your choosing - enough for 4 servings)
- 1 pound hot chicken sausage links (casings removed)
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
- Fresh basil, julienned for garnish
- 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.
- 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).
- Cook pasta to al dente, strain, and set aside.
- Remove spicy chicken sausage from the casing. Saute in a large saucepan over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until cooked completely.
- Add the goat cheese sun-dried tomato mixture, and stir until thoroughly mixed.
- Stir in almond milk, then let the mixture heat up completely.
- Carefully fold in the al dente pasta and sweet peas.
- Garnish with fresh chopped basil, Parmesan cheese, and serve with crusty grilled bread.