Can you ever have too many pasta recipes? No, I think not.
How do I love thee pasta? Let me count the ways.
Pasta is quick and inexpensive. It doesn’t require you to use the oven and heat up the house. Adding different sauces can change the entire taste of the dish. Also, since pasta is such a familiar food, kids are usually more willing to try it.
This recipe uses broccoli and tomatoes, both of which are in season now.
1lb of pasta, I chose penne
1 package (approx eight) spicy Italian sausage links (chicken, turkey, pork…whatever you prefer)
1 pt grape tomatoes, cut in half
freshly grated romano or parmesan cheese
Slice the sausage into discs. Brown them in a large skillet, takes about 8 minutes or so.
(In the interest of full disclosure, I grilled my sausages and then sliced them because I was prepping the food earlier in the day and trying to keep the time I spend cooking at 9pm to a minimum. I then added them already cooked to the tomatoes.)
Step 2: Slice your grape tomatoes in half and toss them into the skillet. They will take about 5 minutes to warm and soften up.
Please notice that I am cooking on a propane camping stove, because I still am in the middle of a kitchen remodel. It is a miracle that my children are not eating PB&J and cold cereal for every meal. I think I deserve some sort of award.
Step 3: Cook your pasta according to the directions.
Step 4: You can steam your broccoli, my preferred cooking method. Or you can toss your broccoli florets into the boiling water with the pasta, my lazy assed cooking method. They only need to be in the boiling water a few minutes. Once they are done, bright green still slightly crunchy, scoop them out with a slotted spoon and put them in the skillet with the sausage and tomatoes.
Step 5: When pasta is finished cooking, drain it and return it to the pot. Dump the contents of the skillet into the pot along with the pasta. Pour in a bit of your extra virgin olive oil and stir well.
Step 6: Serve into bowls grate cheese on top.
It really doesn’t look so yellow in real life. That is just my horrible kitchen lighting at 9:30 pm.
All of my kids loved this dish. And not just because they had been starved and then at football practice for hours. No, even the lazy couch sitters loved it.