Sweet and Savory Pasta

Pasta: 16 oz whole wheat pasta, 3 quarts water, 1 tsp salt, 2 Tbsp olive oil.
Prep: Bring water, salt and oil to a boil and add pasta. Cook uncovered for 9-11 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain and set aside.
Sauce: 1/8 cup olive oil, 2 Tbsp butter, 1/4 white onion (thinly sliced), 1 Tbsp garlic (finely diced), 4 asparagus stalks (thinly sliced at an angle, ends trimmed off), 1/2 of a yellow bell pepper (thinly sliced), 1/8 cup white wine, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1/4 pound turkey sausage (pre-cooked; sliced into 1/4" pieces), 1/8 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 tsp fresh orange zest, 2 tsp fresh orange juice, salt & pepper as desired, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Prep: Saute olive oil, butter, onion, garlic, asparagus and bell pepper on med heat (stirring regularly) for 5-7 minutes. Add wine, sugar, sausage, cranberries, orange zest and juice, salt & pepper, and cook additional 10 minutes on med-low heat (stirring occasionally). Pour sauce over pasta in serving bowl and mix together. Sprinkle cheese evenly atop pasta. Up to you: Add 1/8 cup of chopped pine nuts or walnuts and sprinkle on top. Also, add some fresh basil and mix in at the end if desired.

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