If you can boil water, you can make this. The recipe actually calls for cooking the vegetables in the pasta water, but I wanted a little more flavor to my beans so I cooked them in the skillet with my sausage. I did add the frozen peas to my pasta water but you could also add them to the sausage with the beans. I used a random chicken sausage that I had in my freezer (yes, I do realize how ridiculous this sentence sounds), but the last time I made this, I used chicken sausage with sun-dried tomatoes and think that was better. Honestly, any old chicken sausage will do. The recipe calls for 8 ounces but I upped it to use the whole pack (what are you going to do with one chicken sausage). It was gone.
As for pasta, my local markets do not carry orecchiette. I will say I really like how the pesto and peas stick to the orecchiette if you can find some. If you can’t, find something flat with nice pockets so that you can get a good coating of pesto (and a couple of peas sticking to your pasta wouldn’t hurt). I used wagon wheels (leftover from arts and crafts, of course) but farfalle would work great too.
This is a perfect meal for nights when you have 52 activities with your kids or you just don’t feel like cooking. Start to finish 20 minutes. My kind of recipe.