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Gemelli with Asparagus and Sausage in a Ricotta Cheese Sauce - (Free Recipe below)

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Gemelli with Asparagus and Sausage in a Ricotta Cheese Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches of small or medium asparagus
  • 1 lb gemelli
  • 1 lb bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 10 fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
Directions:
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season water with salt.
  2. Cut top 2 inches from asparagus stalks and add into boiling water. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until just tender. Remove asparagus from water with a slotted spoon and transfer to a cold water bath.
  3. Bring asparagus water to a boil again. Add pasta and cook according to the directions on the package. Remove pasta with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl. Reserve the pasta water.
  4. Heat a large skillet and cook the sausage and onion until meat is browned and onions are tender. Drain the fat. Add asparagus tips, cream, and salt; simmer for 2 minutes. Add pasta to the skillet. Add Ricotta, ground black pepper, 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water. 
  5. Toss pasta in the skillet until all of the ingredients are combined.
  6. Add Parmigiana-Regiano and toss again.
  7. Transfer pasta to a serving dish and garnish with basil.