April 12, 2010

Greek Sausage with Veggies & Pasta

We have a neighbor who is Greek and when he was heading to The Greek Store in Kenilworth, NJ, he asked if there was anything I wanted him to pick up.  Well, I immediately asked for the Greek Sausage they served to us a few months back.  It has this amazing flavor which is puncuated by the orange peel throughout each bite.  So, very yummy!

So, now I had several packages of this flavorful sausage and needed to decide what to do with them.  So, Friday night after a chilly baseball practice I decided to pull out a few things and see what I could come up with that would make a tasty meal for the family.

I used things I already had in my fridge and pantry and came up with a quick and easy meal.  The sausage is not "spicy" as in "hot", but rather full of flavor and the orange peel adds an extra dimension that is what made me ask my neighbor to pick it up for me.  My Husband made the comment that the sausage was peppery tasting, which made My Boys initially decide that it was too spicy.  After a bit of convincing, I got them to try a few more bites and they realized it wasn't spicy, but actually something they both liked. 

Greek Sausage with Veggies & Pasta
Source: PatsyK Original

3 links of Greek Sausage, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
1/2 pound of linquine cooked according to package instructions
8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
about 1/2 pound of thin asparagus, sliced on the diagonal into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Greek Seasoning (I use Penzey's blend)
juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet.  Add mushrooms and cook until the moisture from them has cooked out.  Then, add the asparagus and the lemon juice (more or less depending on how much you get from the lemon).  Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes.  Drain off about half of the juice.

Add the sliced sausage and chicken broth and partially and cover.  Cook for about 3-4 minutes, or until the sausage is heated according to the package instructions. 

Serve immediately over hot linguine.

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Peter M said...

Glad you enjoyed the sausage Patsy! This sausage is a particular specialty from Laconia (southern Greece). There are many varieties of Greek sausage, from hot leeks to cumon and paprika.

EAT! said...

Don't you love the dinners that come together right out of the refrigerator? This looks like something my family would love.

Grumpy & HoneyB said...

Looks delicious Patsy! Something I would love to sit down to at my table!

Jamie said...

I've never had Greek sausage before but it sounds wonderful. My husband is half Greek and I know he would love this dish.

Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

Looks like a great pasta dish, Patsy! Orange peel in the sausage sounds so good! That is funny about your boys. I use the word spicy to denote something that has a lot of spices in it, but most people equate that with meaning it is spicy hot. Two different things in my mind!

Jen_from_NJ said...

I love The Greek Store in Kenilworth! I've never tried their sausage though. Thanks for the tip and the recipe.

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