Mediterranean Penne Pasta Recipe

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1 pound penne pasta, ziti, or mostaccioli (cooked according to package directions)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup green zucchini or green summer squash
1/2 cup yellow summer squash
2 cloves fresh garlic (chopped)
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 cup red cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
1/3 cup Niçoise olives (chopped)
6 cups arugula
3 tablespoons basil leaves (coarsely chopped)
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
extra virgin olive oil (for drizzle)
grated pecorino cheese (as needed)


  1. Cook your pasta as your package directs.

  2. While the pasta boils, in a large pan - sauté the sausage, squash, garlic, hot red pepper flakes, in the oil in a pan until the sausage is browned.

  3. Add the cherry tomatoes, olives, arugula, and thyme. Toss and cook until the arugula wilts – about 5 minutes.

  4. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and mix well. Drizzle with a good extra virgin olive oil and serve with grated pecorino and chopped basil.