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Warm Salad of Arugula, Tomatoes, Fava Beans, Shallots, Sausage, Mozzarella, and Whole Wheat Pasta

Pasta is something I don’t make too often…which is a shame because it is such an ideal dish for the apartment kitchen! Fast, simple, and you can really use whatever you have. On the rare occasions that I do make pasta, I usually plan it out pretty carefully: what flavors I want to use, what ingredients will go together, etc. but you don’t have to! Toss together whatever is in the fridge and eat it warm or cold!

This is one of my favorite things to do with pasta – use it as an element in a leafy green salad. It’s not pasta with arugula, it’s arugula with pasta. This makes it a little healthier but also puts the emphasis on the veggies and other toppings which is really the most exciting part of pasta, isn’t it? My favorite part is how the warm pasta gently wilts the greens making it the ultimate warm, delicious, and slightly unexpected dinner. Dressed with a little red wine vinegar, it couldn’t be simpler.

Warm Salad of Arugula, Tomatoes, Fava Beans, Shallots, Sausage, Mozzarella, and Whole Wheat Pasta

Served 2.
Leftover Potential: This is also a great cold pasta salad! Made 2 meals after the initial dinner.

1 cup whole wheat pasta

1 Tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, mincd
5 sausages (I used spicy chicken sausages)
1 cup fava beans, shelled (I also halved mine because they were especially large!

1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 large bunch arugula, washed, stems removed
1/2 cup fresh mozzarella, cubed
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
salt and freshly ground pepper, as needed

1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until tender, 6-8 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, heat the oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add the shallots, garlic, and sausages. Cook until the sausages are cooked and the shallots are translucent.
3. Add the fava beans and saute until tender. Turn off the heat.
4. Drain the pasta and add it to the pan. Add the tomatoes, arugula, and cheese. Toss to combine. Season with vinegar, salt, and pepper. Serve warm or chill until needed.


3 Responses

  1. I think there is a bit of drool on my lip!! That looks so good and healthy. I love the idea of having pasta peaking out from greens. Thank you! I am going to make this soon.

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