recipe

This pasta cooks right in the sauce (instead of separately in boiling water), so it absorbs lots of flavor—and there’s fewer dishes to wash!

safety
  • Uses a knife
  • Uses the stovetop
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 1 hour
yield
  • Serves 2 to 4

Prepare Ingredients

1 pound
ground sweet Italian sausage
1
small onion, peeled and chopped fine
¾ teaspoon
salt
¼ teaspoon
pepper
⅛–¼ teaspoon
red pepper flakes (optional)
½ cup plus 3½ cups
chicken broth, measured separately
4½ cups
medium pasta shells (12 ounces)
2 cups
frozen peas
½ cup
grated Parmesan cheese (1 ounce), plus extra for serving
2 teaspoons
grated lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice, zested and squeezed from 1 lemon

Gather Cooking Equipment

Dutch oven with lid
Wooden spoon
Oven mitts
Ladle
Serving bowls
1
 
1 pound
ground sweet Italian sausage
1
small onion, peeled and chopped fine
¾ teaspoon
salt
¼ teaspoon
pepper
⅛–¼ teaspoon
red pepper flakes (optional)

Add sausage, onion, salt, pepper, and pepper flakes (if using) to Dutch oven. Use wooden spoon to break sausage into small pieces. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally and continuing to break up sausage, until sausage is lightly browned and dark brown bits have formed on bottom of pot, 10 to 12 minutes.

 
2
 
½ cup
chicken broth

Carefully add ½ cup chicken broth and use wooden spoon to scrape up browned bits on bottom of pot. Cook until liquid has mostly evaporated, about 2 minutes.

 
3
 
4½ cups
medium pasta shells (12 ounces)
3½ cups
chicken broth

Stir in pasta and remaining 3½ cups broth. Bring mixture to boil.

 
4
 

Reduce heat to medium-low and cover pot with lid. Cook until pasta is tender, 10 to 12 minutes. (Some liquid will remain in pot.) Turn off heat.

 
5
 
2 cups
frozen peas
½ cup
grated Parmesan cheese (1 ounce)
2 teaspoons
grated lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice, zested and squeezed from 1 lemon

Use oven mitts to remove lid. Add peas, Parmesan, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Use wooden spoon to stir vigorously for 1 minute. Let sit, uncovered, for 5 minutes to allow peas to warm through and sauce to thicken slightly. (Sauce will continue to thicken as pasta cools.)

 
6
 
Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Use ladle to divide pasta among individual bowls. Sprinkle with extra Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve.