9/19/06

Garlic & Spinach Chicken Sausage with Pasta


Earlier this week I bought a package of garlic & spinach chicken sausages. I've bought them once before and didn't really know what to do with them. We cooked them and browned them and sliced and ate them with a side dish, but they really just wanted to be used 'in' something, I could tell.

I decided to use what I could from our garden as well as the sausage, and what I ended up with was a delicious, wonderful recipe that is now copied down in my recipe book for future reference.


Spinach & Garlic Chicken Sausage with Pasta

1 lb. package of spinach & garlic chicken sausages (Costco and Target both carry them)
1 lb. pasta of choice (I used a hand rolled authentic rainbow colored colored pasta from Italy mixed with some regular penne, but I any penne or bow tie pasta would work great!)
3 T olive oil
1/2 of a large onion, or 1 medium onion, sliced
1 small to medium sized zucchini, sliced
1/2 t caraway seeds
2 c cherry tomatoes (I only used these because they were ripe and in the garden) use any tomato you have - chopped
1/2 c fresh grated parmesan, asiago and romano cheeses
1 T fresh basil leaves, ripped
1 t salt
fresh ground pepper


Saute the onions and zucchini in the olive oil over medium high heat. Put the golden zucchini and onions to the side and add the sliced chicken sausage and tomatoes. Stir until the sausage is golden and mix in. Add the seasonings; salt, pepper, caraway and basil. Cook the pasta while making this and after draining, add to the sausage mixture. Sprinkle heavily with fresh grated cheese and serve. I easily served 6 with this recipe.

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