Thursday, September 19, 2013

Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage and Peppers

My husband and I visited an organic farm stand on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Among their produce, jarred goods and fresh roasted coffee selection was a happy little fridge full of their own farm grown pork products. Bacon, of course, and to our surprise, different options of hand made sausages... that they had made that morning! Amazing. How could I not make the hubby his most favorite Olive Garden dish of all! Needless to say, it was far better than the chain restaurant's version and he was one happy guy.
whole wheat pasta boiled
olive oil
bell peppers
salt and pepper
italian sausage
parmesan cheese
fresh basil
Prepare the pasta in liberally salted water. Once the pasta is done, take out 3/4 of a cup of the pasta water, for later use, and set aside. Drain the pasta, toss it in olive oil and set aside.
Add 1/3 cup of olive oil to a large frying pan and cook the sausage. I actually removed mine from the casing and crumbled it up as it cooked. While it cooks dice up the onion and pepper. Once the sausage is cooked through, remove from the pan and set aside. Add the onions, peppers and garlic to the same pan. Salt and pepper and sauté for 5 minutes until softened. Whisk in the saved pasta and then add the sausage and pasta back into the pan with the vegies with another good drizzling of olive oil. Stir to combine. In the midst of stirring sprinkle with more salt and pepper and a few good shakes of parmesan cheese. Remove from heat and stir in the fresh basil pieces. It is really good served with a big salad and this awesome homemade bread..... Enjoy!                              

1 comment:

  1. This looks delicious! Not going to lie, I could probably eat that entire loaf of bread my myself. Do you have the recipe for the bread? I looks like it would go perfectly with that yummy pasta dish! My kids love bread, so I am sure they would appreciate it.