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COOKING SEQUENCE

Prepare dessert and chill (10 minutes)

Prepare pasta recipe (and sides, if desired); serve (25 minutes)

Serve dessert after meal has been enjoyed (1 hour)

MAKES 6 SERVINGS


Sausage Mushroom Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients:

1 large leek, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped

2 links mild Italian sausage (8 oz)

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

8 oz rigatoni pasta

8 oz fresh presliced baby portabellas

1/2 cup white wine (or chicken broth)

1 (15-oz) jar roasted garlic Alfredo sauce

2 oz Deli mushroom & leek (or plain) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Steps

1. Bring water to boil for pasta. Chop leek (white part only; 1 cup); chop parsley.

2. Remove sausage casing: cut almost in half (butterfly); turn sausage over and peel casing away (wash hands). Preheat large sauté pan on medium-high 2-3 minutes.

Place 1 tablespoon oil in pan, then add sausage; brown 3-4 minutes, stirring to crumble meat, or until no pink remains. Meanwhile, cook pasta following package instructions.

Strawberry Lemon Supreme

Ingredients:

4 oz frozen nondairy whipped topping, softened

1 pint fresh strawberries, thinly sliced

1 Bakery glazed lemon creme cake

1/3 cup Italian sweet creme (or vanilla) coffee creamer

1 container low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt (5-6 oz)

Steps

1. Set whipped topping out to thaw. Slice strawberries.

2. Cut six 1/2-inch-thick slices from cake; arrange 4-5 slices to cover bottom of 9-inch square serving dish. Drizzle or brush creamer over cake slices.

3. Combine yogurt and strawberries; spoon mixture evenly over cake slices. Spread whipped topping over strawberry mixture.

4. Crumble remaining cake slice over edge for garnish. Chill 1 1/2 hours (or overnight) until thoroughly chilled and cake slices are softened. Serve. (Makes 9 servings.)

3. Remove sausage from pan. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to same sauté pan, then add mushrooms and leeks; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until tender.

4. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in wine; simmer 2-3 minutes or until reduced by about one-half.

5. Stir in Alfredo sauce; bring to a simmer. Meanwhile, shred cheese (1/2 cup) into sauce; whisk until melted. Stir in pasta and sausage; cook and stir 1 minute. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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