Thursday, December 12, 2013

Italian Sausage and Pasta in Broth

Italian Sausage Pasta
Ok. I just threw this one together and after we started eating it my family told me to blog it. The inspiration for this dish is the sausage pasta dish at Trezo Mare. It is really really good. It is a light dish that contains Italian sausage. I know, it seems impossible to have a light dish with sausage. I use Scimeca's Italian sausage. It comes in mild, medium, and spicy. Pick the one you want for the spiciness of the dish. This dish was so good we all had seconds and maybe (shhh don't tell) thirds. It was a good thing that it was a running day.
I have two sets of pictures one set from the first time I made it and the second when I went back and tweaked it.  The first time I made it with button mushrooms and the second time with baby bellas. The second time I also doubled the amount of mushrooms. Did I mention how good it was? It is so good that I craved it for days and ended up making it for breakfast on a Saturday morning. If I had some summer ripened tomatoes I would have diced about three and thrown them in with the chicken broth. Also for a twist, I imagine some fresh spinach or kale thrown in with the broth would be delicious.

Italian Sausage Pasta

1 Pound (.45 kg) of Italian Sausage
1/2 Onion (160 g), Thinly Sliced
One Red Pepper (160 g), Sliced
4 -8 oz. (113-227 g) of Mushrooms, Sliced
1 Can (397 g) of Chicken Broth
1 Box (340 g)  of Pasta, Cooked and Drained
Pepper, To Taste
Parmesan Cheese

Crumble sausage into large skillet. Cook over medium heat until it begins to cook. Meanwhile, cook the pasta. Once the sausage begins to cook, add the onions, pepper, and mushrooms.

At this point the house smells incredible.
Cook until sausage begins to brown and the veggies are softened. Add the broth to the skillet and simmer.

Almost ready for the pasta
When the pasta is ready, add it to the skillet. Mix well and season with pepper. Take off the heat and add the basil and cheese. And that's it!

Skillet of pasta
The bottom line, will I make this again? You mean more than the two times I already have? Yes, it is lovely and so easy.