Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pesto, Sausage Pasta

Pesto, Sausage Pasta
From the Kitchen of Stephanie

Here is a recipe that is super simple that my kids have been gobbling up lately.

What you need:

Your favorite Pesto (I prefer the fresh one from Trader Joe's or homemade)
Your favorite Pasta (We have been enjoying the High Fiber, Mini Penne Pasta from Trader Joe's)
Your favorite Sausage (We like the chicken and sun-dried tomato sausage from Trader Joe's)
Your favorite veggies (We have used peas, broccoli, and brussel sprouts)

What you need to do:

***Before starting anything put water on stove to start boiling for pasta

1. Dice and cut your sausage (I have found that one link per adult and 1 link per 2 kids works out well) and then throw it in a non-stick pan and brown it (I don't put anything in the pan...don't want those extra calories).

2. Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed. (I tend to do a 1/2 cup of pasta per person eating and then we end up with a little left over for the next day for a lunch or a quick meal the next night)

3. When the pasta has about 4-5 minutes left, throw in your veggies (if it's peas or broccoli) and cook until desire tenderness. (if you're making brussel sprouts, I prefer to sauté them in a non-stick pan with a little bit of diced onion and garlic to brown them).

4. Once everything is cooked, drain pasta and veggies and add back to the pot. Then take 1-2 tablespoon fulls of pesto and add to the pasta and stir, then add the sausage!


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