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Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with Italian Sausage

Makes: 6 servings
Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with Italian Sausage
  • 2 1  pound boxes  Gnocchi (refrigerated, frozen or vacuum packed)
  • 1  package  Johnsonville® Sweet or Mild Italian Sausage links, decased
  • 2  tablespoons  Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2  pound  Snap Peas
  • 1  medium  Red Bell Pepper, 1/2 inch diced
  • 6 - 8  ounces  Pesto, (store bought or fresh made, 3/4- 1 cup)
  • 1/2  cup  Light Cream (or half and half)
  • 1/2  cup  Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

1. In a large pot, cook the gnocchi according to the package directions. Drain, rinse and return them to the pot.

2. In a 12" skillet, heat oil over medium heat and saute the snap peas and red peppers until tender, about 4 minutes. Toss into the pot with the reserved cooked gnocchi. In the same skillet, cook and crumble Italian sausage until cooked through about 8-10 minutes. Transfer sausage to the pot with the vegetables and pasta.

3. Over med-low heat, stir to combine the pasta, vegetables and sausage mixture. Add the pesto and light cream; toss gently to coat all the ingredients. Heat through and serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

4. * Substitution, if you cant find gnocchi, try this easy pesto and cream sauce on any type of pasta. You can also use cup of frozen peas in place of the snap peas.

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