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Pepper-Packed Pasta Salad

August 2007
Pepper-Packed Pasta Salad

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 30 mins

  • 1 pound spaghetti or linguine, snapped in half
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 links (12 ounces) precooked chicken sausage
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 bunch mint, leaves torn
  • Salt and pepper
  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the spaghetti until al dente, about 12 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken sausage and cook until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then slice crosswise into thin rounds and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the pasta with the cheese and remaining 7 tablespoons olive oil. Add the bell peppers, lemon peel and lemon juice. Toss to combine and set aside to cool. Toss in the reserved sausages and the mint. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Golden Kaan Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (South Africa)
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  • Replace the mint with fresh basil.