Do you make a meal plan for the week and then shop for it? Or maybe you make a list of possible meal ideas? If I haven't had time to really sit down and select recipes for the upcoming week, My Husband and I will think of what ingredients we need to be able to pull a few good meals together.
This time, we wanted sausage... but, wanted to cook with something that had more flavor than the usual turkey sausage that I buy. I couldn't find anything in the refrigerated meats section that fit the bill so, I went over to see what was in the butcher case. I often forget to check out what they have in the butcher case, and probably miss out on some really nice cuts of meat as a result. This time, I found a sweet sausage that was exactly what we wanted.
I also picked up some green and red bell peppers and some lovely red onions. I happen to enjoy spending a few minutes slicing or dicing up veggies after a long day at work. If you don't get pleasure from wielding a knife against some poor, unsuspecting veggies then hit the salad bar and pick up some already cut up for you and dinner will get on the table even faster!
For this meal, I wanted to get the sausages going on the grill first to get them cooked most of the way through. I like to slice them up and let them get a bit brown in the pan - the seasonings add so much flavor to the veggies that are already sauteed in the pan.
Overall, this quick meal was a huge hit with My Family. My Oldest had gotten tired of the turkey sausage, but was willing to give this a try and ended up really loving it! There weren't many leftovers, but what we did have reheated nicely.
Quick & Easy Sausage & Pasta
Source: Patsyk Original
1 pound sweet pork sausage
3/4 pound farfalle pasta - cooked according to package instructions
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 green bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 small red onion, vertically sliced
1-2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (my favorite is Penzey's Tuscan Sunset)
1/4 cup chicken broth
Heat a grill to medium-high heat and grill sausages for about 10-12 minutes. Turning occasionally. Remove from grill and slice.
While sausages are grilling, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetables and saute until softened. Add sliced sausages and allow to brown on each side.
Add cooked pasta and chicken broth and allow to cook until the liquid is almost completely cooked off. The pasta may get a bit browned, and that is fine - it will take on the flavor of the sausage.
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