Sweet and Spicy Barilla Heart Pasta

This Valentine’s Day pasta recipe is made special with Barilla love heart pasta, Italian sausage, chilies, and peppers.

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High Protein

Why limit yourself to just sweet or spicy when you can enjoy the best of both worlds? Elevate your dinner date meal with the perfect blend of flavours in this Sweet and Spicy Barilla Heart-Shaped Love Pasta recipe, where your favourite tastes are beautifully combined in one delightful dish. If you don’t have Barilla Heart Shaped Love Pasta on hand just swap in your favourite Barilla pasta to provide the perfect taste and texture! 

Ingredients 6 Number of Servings

1 box Barilla Heart Shaped Love Pasta (or Barilla pasta of choice)

1 cup marinara sauce

½ pint cherry tomatoes, halved

12 oz sweet Italian sausage

1 clove garlic, crushed 

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

½ onion, small diced

1 red pepper, small diced

1 yellow pepper, small diced

2 Calabrian peppers, sliced (optional)

½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

1 tbsp parsley, chopped

Salt and black pepper to taste

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, cook Barilla Love Heart Shaped Pasta according to package directions.

  • Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat add olive oil and cook sausage until brown.

  • Add onion, peppers, tomatoes, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Sauté until soft, 2-3 minutes. 

  • Add Calabrian peppers to the desired spice level and Marinara sauce. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes.

  • Drain pasta and add to the sauce with ½ of the cheese. Mix well and top with remaining cheese. Garnish with parsley.

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