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1 1/4 cups uncooked dried ditalini or medium pasta shells

1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter

1 small (1/2 cup) onion, chopped

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves  

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

1 pound chorizo sausage or Italian sausage, crumbled

2 medium (1 cup) carrots, sliced

2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 (14- to 16-ounce) can whole tomatoes, cut up

1 (9-ounce) package frozen cut green beans

4 (14.5-ounce) cans beef broth


Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

 *Substitute 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Cook ditalini according to package directions. Drain; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Melt butter in 6-quart saucepan until sizzling; add onion, basil and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, 3-5 minutes or until onion is softened. Add sausage. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 9-11 minutes or until sausage is browned. Drain off fat.

  3. STEP 3

    Stir in all remaining ingredients except Parmesan cheese. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are crisply tender. Stir in cooked ditalini. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese.

Tip #1

To prepare for lunches, divide pasta mixture among 8 resealable plastic food bowls. Seal containers; refrigerate overnight or freeze. At lunchtime, place cover loosely over container; microwave, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Tip #2

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