Creamy Orecchiette with Sausage, Peas & Mint

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 3:00 AM, April 2, 2012

Aired April 2, 2012

Serves 4
3/4 pound orecchiette
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt and black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
3/4 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed, meat torn into bite-size pieces
2 cups thawed frozen peas
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
Parmesan cheese, for topping (optional)

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix the yogurt and garlic; season with salt and the cayenne.

In a large nonstick skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, 6-8 minutes. Add the peas and season with salt and black pepper. Cook until just heated through. Add the pasta and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water and toss, adding the remaining pasta water if needed to thin the sauce; season with salt and black pepper.

Divide the pasta among 4 bowls. Top with the yogurt mixture and mint.