Orecchiette with Duck Sausage, Escarole, and Cannellini Beans

Orecchiette with Duck Sausage, Escarole, and Cannellini Beans
Staff Writer
ATRIO Restaurant

Starch from the cannellini beans helps to create a creamy, thick sauce with the chicken stock, and will make you think as if you're enjoying something indulgent. For a healthier version of this pasta, skip the sausage and add another vegetable such as onions or a spicy pepper.

6
Servings
279
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 Ounces extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 Pound duck sausage, outer skin removed and sliced into rounds
  • 1 Pound orecchiette pasta, preferably imported
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced very thin
  • 2 stalks green onion, sliced very thin
  • 10 basil leaves
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 Cup chicken stock
  • 1 1/4 Cup cannellini beans
  • 1/2 head escarole, trimmed, washed, and rough chopped
  • Orange zest, for garnish

Directions

Fill a large pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Brown the sausage until cooked through, then add the garlic, basil leaves, green onion, and red pepper flakes. 

Continue to cook until the garlic is lightly browned. When the garlic is browned, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions. 

Add the chicken stock and white beans to the sausage mixture and bring to a simmer. Next, add the escarole and cook until wilted. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and taste to make sure it is seasoned properly.

When the pasta is done, drain and immediately add it to the pan with the sauce mixture. Toss the pasta with the sauce and simmer for 30 seconds

Serve the pasta in you favorite bowl and garnish with fresh orange zest and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. 
 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
14g
20%
Sugar
6g
7%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
4mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
32g
25%
Protein
8g
17%
Vitamin A, RAE
5µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
7mg
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
8µg
9%
Calcium, Ca
71mg
7%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
1µg
0%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
3mg
1%
Phosphorus, P
4mg
1%
Sodium, Na
668mg
45%
Water
51g
2%

Orecchiette Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Orecchiette Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.