Turkey Sausage Farfalle Makes Healthy Comfort Food Alternative

The Fall brings cool weather and a desire for comfort foods. When I think of comfort food, I immediately think of macaroni & cheese, hearty pasta, pumpkin pie, and soup. Since many of these tend to also be calorie loaded instant weight-gainers, tonight I whipped up a hearty, veggie packed meal with a healthy twist inspired by one of my top 3 favorite Food Network peeps, Giada DeLaurentis. Though in my opinion she overdoes it on the California/Italian citrus fruits, I'm willing to forgive since any non-lemon themed dish of hers I've tried has been fabulous. And I just love her.

Anyhow, tonight I put my own deliciously healthy twist on her Farfalle with Turkey Sausage, Peas & Mushrooms. And I highly recommend it. Ladies, your guys won't even know it's good for them. Since I tend to just throw a bunch of stuff in a pan without totally measuring, some of my measurements may not be completely exact. It's ok - this recipe is all about how it tastes and how you like it! So be sure to graze as you go!

Healthy Turkey Sausage Farfalle
1 box Farfalle (bowtie pasta), whole wheat if you can find it
1 pkg turkey sausage (remove casings)
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced (I use the jarred kind)
5 oz frozen peas (about half of a box)
1/2 20oz can diced tomatoes (you can use the whole thing, but it makes a LOT)
1 pkg mushrooms, sliced (use any kind you want)
3/4 C white wine (any kind you would drink - I like Sauvignon Blanc)
1/2 C Parmesean cheese, or to taste
Salt & pepper, to taste
Extra Virgin olive oil

Prepare farfalle according to package directions and set aside. While pasta is cooking, in separate pan saute onion in olive oil until soft, then add garlic. Next, add sausage and brown, breaking up the pieces as it cooks and add salt and pepper. Once browned, remove from pan but keep warm. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to pan and saute mushrooms until soft, about 3 minutes. Then, add peas and cook a few minutes more. Lastly, add the tomatoes (you may want to drain these slightly, but not completely) and white wine (depending on how watery/saucy you like it will depend on how much you add...I probably added about 3/4 C). Add meat back in and let whole thing reduce for a few minutes. [Insert time to taste test here. If it's missing anything - seasoning, more white wine, etc...add it now!] Once finished, add to pasta and stir in Parmesean cheese to taste. Serve in pretty pasta bowl and enjoy!

Beware: This recipe makes A LOT of food. So be prepared to share with others, take some for lunch the day after, and/or enjoy for another night of dinner.