Minty Spring Asparagus & Pasta with Lamb Mint Sausage

Written by Diana - April 7, 2011 0 Comments

The last time we had Lamb Mint Sausage there were a few who said they didn’t know if lamb and mint went together.  I love mint and I think the lamb mint sausage are very tasty, but it is a very mild flavor.  I wanted to up the mint factor this time.  So, I made a mint and parsely pesto to use with gemelli pasta and some asparagus, one of my favorite spring time foods.  Of course I added some lamb mint sausage because I thought it would be the perfect thing to round out the dish.

For dinner, the pasta was warm when mixed with the pesto and the warm asparagus and sausage.  The next day cold leftovers were even better.  I think my mother will love this dish so much that I’m going to make it for her when she visits this summer.  She has strict dietary restrictions and we have to go without tomatoes, onions and she doesn’t like heavy sauces, so this will be perfect for her.  You could substitute beans for the sausage, or even use a grain instead of pasta for a salad.  This salad embodies spring, lovely light taste, lots of pretty green – and lamb too.  First ingredient fresh from the garden this year – parsley!  Yay!

Ingredients:

In a food processor, or magic bullet, pulse the mint, parsley, pine nuts, shredded romano cheese and drizzle olive oil while pulsing.  Cut the asparagus and the green onion into bite size pieces and saute in pan with olive oil.  Saute the lamb mint sausage separately in another pan.  After the sausage rests, slice the sausage into bite size pieces.  Toss the pesto, asparagus and green onion and the sausage together with the cooked (and drained) pasta.  Salt and pepper to desired taste and serve.

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