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Pasta with Sausage and Brussel Sprouts

March 19, 2014

Pasta with Sausage and Brussel Sprouts-2

Most weekdays the boys have a various sports practice that gets us home around 5:30. Coming home at that time means we are all starving and dinner needs to be ready fast.

Last week I threw together this pasta dinner and it was ready in less than 30 minutes–maybe even less than 20. How long does pasta cook? It’s ready in that time. You have to get 3 burners going all at once and it’s a busy 20 minutes, but it’s worth it. You can use any kind of sausage–Italian sweet or spicy, chicken sausage (Trader Joes makes great ones) or even bratwurst. Use any kind of pasta or vegetable you have. I’ve been making brussel sprouts a lot lately, and now even my kids are eating them!


pasta, your choice

sausage (try Trader Joes chicken sausage)

brussel sprouts, end cut off and cut in half length-wise (or other vegetable–broccoli, cauliflower, etc.)

balsamic glaze or butter (I use Trader Joes balsamic glaze)

parmesan, optional topping

1. Boil 2 pots of water. One large for the pasta, one small for the brussel sprouts.

2. Heat large skillet over medium high heat (this is for the sausage).

3. Cook pasta until it’s done, drain and set aside.

4. Cook brussels in the boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.

5. In the heated skillet, cook the sausage–turning every few minutes to brown each side. After all sides are browned, check that the inside is cooked. If not, cut open length-wise and place the newly cut side down to brown it.

6. When the sausage is finished, remove it from the pan and set aside. Take your brussel sprouts (that have just been boiled) and place them in the hot pan you just used to cook the sausage. Sear them (don’t touch them) until they get a nice carmelized crust on the edge. Drizzle a bit of balsamic glaze in the pan and give it a toss. (If you don’t have balsamic glaze, just put a bit of butter in the pan.)

7. Remove the brussel sprouts and serve with the hot pasta and sausage. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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