Cozy Cavatappi Pasta

Last Updated on February 11, 2021

When the weather begins to turn cold, snuggle up with this cozy stovetop cavatappi pasta.

When the weather begins to turn cold, snuggle up with this cozy stovetop cavatappi pasta.

 

 

It’s that time of year again! The beloved Milk Calendar is back with 19 new nutritious and easy-to-make recipes for 2018. The Milk Calendar is such a familiar institution that Canadians just love and look forward to year after year. It’s such a great kitchen calendar that provides not only an excellent tool for families to keep track of activities, anniversaries and important milestones, but also provides easy, nutritious and mouth-watering recipes.

The Milk Calendar, brought to Canadians by Dairy Farmers of Canada, is a time-honoured tradition and the 41st Edition has already been distributed to over 2 million Canadian households in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. This year’s Milk Calendar celebrates local, sustainable, handcrafted foods and is full of delicious recipes featuring the goodness of 100% Canadian milk, along with food pairings, and entertaining tips and tricks.

 

 

The 2018 recipes were developed by accomplished food writer and recipe developer Heather Trim, and offers Canadians fresh flavours using dairy products as an important part of a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle.

I grew up watching and helping my mother cook from the Milk Calendar and it is one tradition that I continue with my own family. It’s important to me that we spend quality time together in the kitchen cooking and planning meals as it does so much to reinforce healthy eating habits – habits that I hope will last a lifetime.

 

 

Just this past week I whipped up this Cozy Cavatappi Pasta from the 2018 Milk Calendar and it is such a great-tasting, easy dish that was a real hit with my family. Read on for the recipe or check out your own copy of the 2018 Milk Calendar!

Visit milkcalendar.ca to find out how to get a copy and discover more recipes, along with videos and additional cooking tips and tricks.

 

When the weather begins to turn cold, snuggle up with this cozy stovetop cavatappi pasta.

 

 

Cozy Cavatappi Pasta

When the weather begins to turn cold, snuggle up with this cozy stovetop pasta.
Prep: 20 min | Cook: 15 min | Broil: 3 min | Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

hot or sweet Italian sausages, about 1/2 lb (250 g) in total
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
medium onion, diced
ripe plum tomatoes, cored, seeded and diced, or 14 oz (398) can diced tomatoes
roasted red pepper, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thin strips
12 oz (375 g) cavatappi or scoobi doo pasta, about 4 cups (1 L)
2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano leaves
1/4 tsp (1 mL) nutmeg
1 cup (250 mL) milk
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped fresh parley
1/2 cup (125 mL) extra smooth Canadian Ricotta
1 cup (250 mL) lightly packed, coarsely grated Canadian Parmesan, divided
Freshly ground pepper
Salt, to taste (optional)

 

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Using a sharp knife, slit each sausage down the side. Remove meat and place in a large ovenproof skillet. Add butter and onion. Set over medium heat. Stir to keep meat crumbly and cook until no longer pink, about 5 min. Add tomatoes and red pepper. Cook, stirring, for 3 min to soften tomatoes slightly.

Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions or until al dente, about 8 min. Meanwhile, sprinkle flour, oregano and nutmeg over sausage mixture. Stir to combine. Gradually stir in milk. Stir until mixture boils and thickens, about 3 min. Stir in parsley, Ricotta and half the Parmesan. Remove from heat.

Preheat broiler. Drain pasta very well. Stir into sausage mixture. Add pepper and salt if needed. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan. Broil for a couple of min or until top is bubbly.

 

Cooking Tip: In the supermarket, look for sausage meat that has not been stuffed into the casing to make sausages.

 

When the weather begins to turn cold, snuggle up with this cozy stovetop cavatappi pasta.

 

Cozy Cavatappi Pasta
Yield: 6 Servings

Cozy Cavatappi Pasta

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

When the weather begins to turn cold, snuggle up with this cozy stovetop pasta.

Ingredients

  • 2 hot or sweet Italian sausages, about 1/2 lb (250 g) in total
  • 1 tbsp 15 mL butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 ripe plum tomatoes, cored, seeded and diced, or 14 oz (398) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 roasted red pepper, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thin strips
  • 12 oz 375 g cavatappi or scoobi doo pasta, about 4 cups (1 L)
  • 2 tbsp 30 mL all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp 5 mL dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 tsp 1 mL nutmeg
  • 1 cup 250 mL milk
  • 1/2 cup 125 mL chopped fresh parley
  • 1/2 cup 125 mL extra smooth Canadian Ricotta
  • 1 cup 250 mL lightly packed, coarsely grated Canadian Parmesan, divided
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Salt, to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Using a sharp knife, slit each sausage down the side. Remove meat and place in a large ovenproof skillet. Add butter and onion. Set over medium heat. Stir to keep meat crumbly and cook until no longer pink, about 5 min. Add tomatoes and red pepper. Cook, stirring, for 3 min to soften tomatoes slightly.
  2. Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions or until al dente, about 8 min. Meanwhile, sprinkle flour, oregano and nutmeg over sausage mixture. Stir to combine. Gradually stir in milk. Stir until mixture boils and thickens, about 3 min. Stir in parsley, Ricotta and half the Parmesan. Remove from heat.
  3. Preheat broiler. Drain pasta very well. Stir into sausage mixture. Add pepper and salt if needed. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan. Broil for a couple of min or until top is bubbly.

Notes

Cooking Tip: In the supermarket, look for sausage meat that has not been stuffed into the casing to make sausages.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving:Unsaturated Fat: 0g

 

When the weather begins to turn cold, snuggle up with this cozy stovetop cavatappi pasta.

 

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

 

 

31 thoughts on “Cozy Cavatappi Pasta

  1. oh my this looks amazing! I always look forward to my milk calendar!! I’m going to have to give this recipe a try I think my daughter would love it.

  2. This is a very cool and informative post plus the food looks fantastic! I can absolutely see bringing this to a potluck and it being a hit. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Omg one of my favorite pasta dishes very satisfying and beyond fulfilling I need to try your recipe sounds delicious.

  4. I swear I can practically taste all the fresh flavors in this dish. I HAVE to make this for my weekly meals on Sunday. Thanks for sharing a recipe from your milk calendar.

  5. It sounds like a delicious pasta, the type that you would eat on a Saturday night while watching tv with your family. I like that it has so many ingredients that make it very filling, the perfect comfort food.

  6. I love healthy eating habbits. And it is so important to teach them to our kids. I love spending quality time in the kitchen with my kids, too!

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