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Published October 26, 2009, 12:00 AM

CHEF JEFF — ONE BYTE AT A TIME: Penne with Smoked Turkey Sausage

Looking for a quick throw-it-together-I’m-exhausted-from-work dish that kids will eat?

By: Herald Staff Report,

Looking for a quick throw-it-together-I’m-exhausted-from-work dish that kids will eat? Try the following recipe.

Penne with Smoked Turkey Sausage

2 cups whole-grain and fiber penne

½ cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

7 ounces turkey smoked sausage, sliced into ½-inch pieces, then each piece quartered

1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

¼ cup dry white wine

3 tablespoons low-fat whipped tub cream cheese

1 cup frozen green peas

¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain and set aside.

Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray coating. Cook onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes over medium high heat, stirring frequently. Add smoked sausage and cook, stirring frequently, until nicely browned, about 3 minutes.

Add chicken broth and wine. Bring to a boil, then simmer until reduced by about one-half, approximately 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in cream cheese until well-blended. Add peas and cook 3 minutes. Stir in pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Yield: Serves 4.

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