Under 30 minutes?  Yes, this delicious pasta takes 2 pots and 20-30 minutes to make a yummy feast!  Sausage Leek Cavatappi is the perfect weeknight dinner.  With robust flavors and simple ingredients, this is a recipe to make again and again.

Sausage Leek Cavatappi

Serves: 4-5


  • 8 oz cavatappi pasta (or other short, curly pasta)
  • 4 chicken sausage, sliced crosswise into 1/4 in pieces (Sweet Italian flavor works great)
  • 8 oz package cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp sea salt (or pink Himalayan salt)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 leek, sliced crosswise into 1/4 in pieces
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 2 tbsp. ghee (or butter)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped basil


Cook pasta according to package instructions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add sausage, mushrooms, and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.  Add leeks and corn and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until veggies are tender.  Once pasta is cooked and drained, add to sausage mixture.  Add ghee (or butter), lemon juice, and basil and stir to combine.

Got helpers in the kitchen?

Enjoy cooking with the kids.  Little hands can be a big help when they have a directed task!

  • Measure corn
  • Squeeze lemon
  • Tear basil (instead of chopping)
  • Help gather ingredients from the refrigerator and cupboards
  • Set the table
  • Help with a side item, such as pulling grapes off the vine

Cole Berschback
By: Cole Berschback

Cole is a wife and mom of three. She has been a Registered Dietitian since 2005. Her journey through self-mastery and anchoring herself in her family has been the most important and on-going practice of her life. Cole loves being active with her family, yoga, cooking, and spending time in nature.

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