Orecchiette With Sausage, Beans, and Mascarpone

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Another one from Giada off of Food Network. I love this recipe because its light in fat and calories, yet rich, savory, and satisfying. I like to use hot turkey sausage to give it some zing. This is a very simple recipe, with a huge payoff. Enjoy!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
  2. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Drain pasta reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  4. In a large, heavy skillet warm the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  5. Add the sausage and onions. Using a wooden spoon break up the sausage into bite-sized pieces as it browns.
  6. Continue cooking until the sausage is golden and the onions are tender.
  7. Add the beans and oregano cook for 2 more minutes.
  8. Add the mascarpone cheese and slowly add the pasta cooking liquid until a smooth sauce forms, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
Most Helpful

5 5

T D F!!!! This is so good my world has been rocked to the core! So simple to throw together and extremely tasty! I used only 1/2 # of pasta but all the other ingredients as listed. I prefer using hot Italian sausage and it was not spicy because the mascarpone tamed any heat, so don't be afraid to try it. I used 1 teaspoon of dried oregano instead of fresh, worked perfectly. Be sure to use the orecchietta pasta because truly nothing compares. Thank you for posting.

5 5

Excellent! I added about a teaspoon of kosher flake salt at the very end. It was a hearty meal, full of flavor, and I can't wait to make it again. The orecchiette is a very substantial pasta, so substituting sea shells in place of it is not advised for those that can't find it. Rotini or rigatoni might work...something thick and beefy. Great recipe!

5 5

Loved this recipe! I actually added some fresh garlic with the onions and some parmasean at the end. And I used venison sausage instead of turkey sausage. this is a new stape in our house for sure!