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Merguez Sausage, Sweet Corn & Green Bean Pasta – Recipe!

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Merguez is a spicy North African sausage made of beef or lamb.  The flavors of Merguez are earthy with a hint of heat, which allow it to hold up when combined with other ingredients.   In this recipe for Merguez Sausage, Sweet Corn & Green Bean Pasta, I use Merguez lamb sausage, which I prefer, because of its complex flavors that pair nicely with summer corn and fresh green beans.

This dish is easy to throw together for a dinner party or family gathering because it feeds a large group.  I like to serve this pasta dish with a fresh green salad and some garlic bread for a fun and festive family style meal.  Also, it makes great reheatable leftovers for lunch or dinner during the week.

Ingredients

1 pound brown rice pasta

1 pound Merguez lamb sausage

2 cloves garlic

3 scallions

2 ears of fresh corn

1 1/2 cups fresh green beans, cut into thirds

1 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup mint leaves

olive oil

salt

pepper

(Serves 6)

To Prepare:

1.  Boil pasta for 8 minutes, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.  Drain and reserve pasta for later.

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2.  In a large pot, over medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Remove any casings from the sausage and add it to the olive, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon.  Cook the sausage until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

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3.  Cut the corn off the cob and slice the scallions and garlic.

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4.  Add the scallions and garlic to the sausage and stir to combine.  Continue to cook for 3 minutes.

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5.  Then, add the corn and continue to cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Next, add the white wine and stir, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan into the sauce.

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6.  Then, add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water and green beans and continue to cook for 7 minutes, or until the green beans are crunchy tender.

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7.  Rough chop the fresh mint leaves and set aside.

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8.  Turn the heat down to low and add the heavy cream, stir to combine and continue to cook for 3 minutes.  Add all, but 3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese and stir.  Add the cooked pasta and toss to combine all the flavors.

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9.  Salt and pepper the pasta to taste and pour into a large serving bowl.  Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan cheese and chopped mint.  Serve the Merguez Sausage, Sweet Corn & Green Bean Pasta family style. Enjoy!

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