Wheelie Good Pasta w/Sausage, Arugula and Grapes

8:25 AM

This recipe is almost identical to “Wheelie” Good Pasta, but I used arugula, grapes and red onion in place of the broccoli and yellow onion.  I saw this recipe in Self and thought it looked pretty tasty, only I simplified it even more.  The other time I’ve incorporated grapes into a dish was in this chicken salad.  It was incredible.
I trusted my instinct and went with it.  The final result was beautiful and really yummy.  I think I’ll use the sweet turkey sausage next time.  It was a little too spicy for the kiddos. 
Let me know what you think!  Do you think I’m crazy adding fruit in dishes like this one or the Plum Chicken Kabobs?  What are your thoughts on fruit with meat?
What You Will Need:
½ lb piccolini pasta, uncooked
2 C red, seedless grapes, halved
1 lb turkey sausage, casings removed
½ red onion, sliced
Parmesan cheese, grated
5 oz arugula, rinsed
What You Already Have:
Large pot
Large skillet
Plate lined with paper towel
1)      Cook sausage and crumble in large skillet.   Transfer to plate lined with paper towel.

2)      Bring water to boil in large pot.  Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain in colander.
3)      Add grapes and red onion to skillet.  Cook until onions are transparent.

4)      Transfer pasta back to pot.  Mix in grapes and onion.  Mix in arugula until it wilts.

5)      Top with parmesan cheese mix again.

6)      Serve.
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  1. The "wheeley" pasta is so hard to find around here! This looks delicious! mmm!

    I have a hop going on right now called "Flash-Back-Friday" and you link up an old post. Its so much fun--like looking in a scrapbook. I would love for you to link up a post!

    Happy Friday!
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  2. Pin wheel pastas are so fun! great dish.

  3. Oh that looks so good (as I can't find anything good for dinner in my house)! New follower from VB - and I used to be a Realtor - glad you've survived in this economy!

  4. This looks really yummy. Following you from VB. Looking forward to following along.

  5. I haven't seen any wheelie pasta in the grocery. Don't think it will look as good using different pasta but hopefully it will taste as good :)

    The Twerp and I

  6. hope i can find that pasta here, kids will surely loves it...and your recipe sounds so delicious and healthy, thanks for sharing! visiting from FTF, have a great weekend! :)

  7. I like that combo of onion and grapes. Will you come to my house and cook all of your great recipes for me!?;)

  8. This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from the hop and came upon your recipe. I love finding new ones to try!

  9. Yummy! This looks good! I love the name too :)

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  11. This looks so delicious and so easy to prep. Glad you made this because my little one is so into pasta especially these little guys.
    Have a wonderful week,
    Español para Niños (Spanish for Kids)

  12. What a great dish! I like the wheely pasta, it's out of the ordinary! I might try this out for dinner tonight!


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