Creamy Orecchiette with Sausage, Peas and Mint

A mint and yogurt topping adds a refreshing touch to a delicious combination of peas, pasta and sausage.


  • 3/4 pound orecchiette
  • 1 cup Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and black pepper
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed, meat torn into bite-size pieces
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
  • 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 starchy cooking water.

Meanwhile, in a medium size 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 starchy cooking water and toss, adding the remaining pasta water if needed to thin the sauce; season with salt and black pepper.

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

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