Pasta Salad with Sausage & Peppers


1 lb pasta of your choice
6 tbls extra virgin olive oil (plus extra for drizzle if desired)
3 tbls lemon juice
1 tbls tomato paste
2 cloves minced garlic
1 large shallot sliced and seperated
1 tsp chopped thyme
1 lb. Sunset Farm Foods Smoked Sausage cut into coins
1/4 c. diced yellow peppers
1/4 c. diced red peppers
2 stalks celery, thin sliced
1/2 c. diced fresh mozzarella
1/4 c. basil paste


Remove casings from sausage. Place into a large (12 qt) pot, over high heat, chopping/crumbling up sausage until brown (10-12 minutes). Drain grease.
Add tomatoes, paste, sauce, seasoning, onion powder, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Stir to combine. Cover and bring to a boil (5-7 minutes)
Add the pasta and return to a boil, allowing to cook uncovered until pasta is al dente (7-9 minutes).
Turn off heat. Add ricotta, parmesan, and 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheeses. Stir to combine.
Top individual servings with remaining mozzarella cheese and a sprinkle of basil.