Naptime Orecchiette, Sausage and Goat Cheese Salad

adapted from Giada de Laurentiis


  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • ¾ c. orrechiette pasta
    2 c. fresh arugula
    large links chicken sausage, preferbly a sweet flavor like sun-dried tomato
    2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
    2 T. fresh grated Parmesan cheese


    1. Cook orecchiette in salted water until al dente. RESERVE ½ c. of pasta water. Drain, set aside.
    2. Cook sausage links in a skillet until fully cooked through. Remove from heat and cut into thin slices.

    3. In a large heatproof bowl add sausage slices, arugula, goat cheese and parmesan. Top with warm pasta and reserved pasta water. Working quickly, toss all of the ingredients to melt the cheese and wilt the greens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

    Naptime Notes

    Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

    This salad packs a punch, it is full of good protein and is extremely easy to prepare. Also, given that this is a salad, you could add or omit whatever ingredients you would like. I have used regular mixed greens in lieu of arugula, and have used grilled chicken slices instead of sausage. Feel free to make adjustments to suit your own tastes.

    Naptime Stopwatch

    The longest part about this salad is the pasta, it takes about 12 minutes to cook. While it is boiling I cook the chicken sausage and assemble the ingredients in the bowl. Then, add the pasta and the meal is ready!

    Naptime Reviews

    For my daughter we chop the arugula leaves so they are easy to chew and she adores the orecchiette shaped pasta and sausage slices, they are easy to pick up with her little fingers. My husband and I love this meal because it hits the spot without being overly heavy.

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