Sausage Asparagus Quinoa Pasta is a quick-to-make combination of quinoa pasta with Italian sausage, asparagus, and parmesan cheese. It is very filling and satisfying dinner dish.
How are you? Are you excited for spring? I certainly am! I wish the signs of spring were more obvious here in Toronto, but I won’t complain because at least the snow has melted and the temperature is a little bit warmer. Well, I am trying to be very positive right now because the weather is not that warm. Today, it is about -3°C (26.6°F) again. The weather channel said Wednesday would be warmer though.
In real life, it is still very cold, but on the calendar, it is already SPRING!! Yep!! So, to welcome this beautiful season, I chose to make a dish with asparagus because for me this veggie just screams primavera (spring in Portuguese) so much. It’s a simple dish but very flavorful and of course, nutritious too. Asparagus is high in folic acid and is a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamins A, B6, and C. Great, quick, and easy recipe for lunch or for a healthy dinner too. A few more asparagus-packed recipes I’ve been loving is my Quinoa Salad with Roasted Asparagus, Parmesan Lemon Asparagus Skillet, or One-Pan Sausage with Sweet Potato and Asparagus!
This time, I choose to make a gluten-free dish just because I found a package of fusilli made with rice and quinoa flour, at Costco. When I bought it, I didn’t know how the texture would be, since it was the first time I bought quinoa flour fusilli. I’ve never tried or cooked with rice flour pasta, and never cooked pasta made from quinoa flour either but much to my surprise, the texture was great. To be honest I think it is hard to tell the difference between the regular wheat and the quinoa pasta. You guys should give this type of pasta a try and you will understand what I am saying 😉
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Sausage Asparagus Quinoa Pasta
- 1 pound hot Italian sausage
- 2 cups quinoa fusilli
- 1 tsbp olive oil
- 1 cups asparagus, chopped in three pieces
- ½ cup onions chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ tsp chili pepper
- Salt and pepper
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese shredded
- 1 tsbp fresh parsley chopped
- In a large skillet, cook the hot Italian sausage over medium heat until browned. It will take about 10-15 minutes.
- Then, transfer the sausages to a plate.
- When cool enough to handle, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices and set aside.
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook quinoa fusilli at a boil until tender yet firm, about 8 minutes; drain.
- Heat olive oil in the same skillet you use to cook the sausage over medium heat;
- Add asparagus and sauté stir until they start to soften, 4 minutes or so.
- Add onions and stir until they are gold browned.
- Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
- Add reserved quinoa fusilli and Italian sausage and stir well for 1 minute.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- If necessary, adjust seasoning and add more olive oil to add more flavor.
- Garnish with parmesan and chopped parsley.
- Feel free to swap the sausage with your favourite if you prefer a more mild one.
- I use quinoa fusilli but you can use a different pasta.
- Make sure to remove the woody ends of the asparagus before cooking.
- To store: Store the leftover sausage asparagus pasta in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- To reheat: You can easily reheat everything in the microwave.
- To freeze: Once cooled completely, transfer the dish to an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 2 months.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.
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