Sausage Bowtie Pasta

March 20, 2010 at 2:01 am | Posted in pasta, wine | Leave a comment

I am kind of addicted to  There are so many awesome recipes and I love that I can read tons of reviews.  I also love that I can search by ingredients – for example, if I have a ton of leftover buttermilk, I can type in buttermilk and recipes come up that use it.  Fabulous! 

I found this recipe while looking in the “healthy” recipes section and I knew I had to make it.  I am a pasta fanatic so anytime I can healthy pasta up I am there!  I adapted this recipe to make it more to our liking – seemed like a little too much meat for me with the way it is on the site.  Chicken and sausage?  Meh, not for me.  I would do either or.  The Pig likes sausage so I went with that for my first attempt. 


  • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked farfalle pasta
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (I omitted)
  • 1 pound spicy italian turkey sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (I used almost an entire 28 oz can as I like mine a little more saucy)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash of crushed red pepper

I never use anything but multi-grain or whole grain pastas – I don’t even notice the difference!


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Wash chicken breasts and cut into large bite size pieces. Remove casing from sausage and cut into large pieces. In a large, deep skillet over medium low heat, put oil and garlic and saute to flavor oil. Remove garlic from oil.
  3. Add chicken and sausage to skillet and brown both lightly until they are opaque. Add the tomatoes and the wine. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes. Season sauce mixture with basil, rosemary and salt and pepper to taste. Add cooked, drained pasta to the skillet mixture. Toss and serve.

Pig Rating:  The Pig really likes this one!  He loves sausage and pasta so this is a good one for him.  I have made it twice and he loves it every time and gobbles up the leftovers.  Score!

Mrs. Pig Rating:  This one is really easy and as far as a pasta dish is concerned, not too terribly bad for you.   The leftovers warm up well which is great for our busy schedules.  This is definitely now in our rotation!


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