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Spaghetti Carbonara with Chicken Sausage

12 Apr

Haven’t been posting much lately… No real reason  Just lazy!

I bought some chicken sausage and didn’t feel like making some of my usuals with it.. so i scoured the internet and this recipe popped up.  Don’t remember the last time i ate or made a carbonara!  But this came out really good!


Spaghetti Carbonara with Chicken Sausage

adapted from cleaneating


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lb haricot verts
  • 2 large shallots, sliced
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper, divided, plus additional to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 3-oz links all-natural, cooked chicken sausage, diced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 box spaghetti


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet on medium-high, heat oil. Add haricot verts, shallots, salt and 1/8 tsp pepper and sauté for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until lightly browned. Add 1/3 cup water and cook for 3 to 4 minutes more, until veggies are crisp-tender and liquid evaporates. Reduce heat to low, add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until garlic has softened, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  2. Increase heat to medium and add sausage to skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until lightly browned and heated through. Add to bowl with haricot verts.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk eggs. Stir in 1/4 cup cheese and 1/8 tsp pepper; set aside. To boiling water, add pasta and cook al dente according to package directions. Drain and return pasta to pot, off of the heat. Immediately add egg mixture to hot pasta and stir vigorously until thickened and creamy, about 1 minute. Add veggie mixture and stir to combine. Season with additional pepper. Divide among serving bowls, top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese, dividing evenly.



Sausage, Escarole & White Bean Stew

23 Nov

escarole arrived in our veggie box – so i did a quick search and found this recipe. i’ve already made it twice it was super yummy! served it with some garlic toast.. even yummier!


Sausage, Escarole & White Bean Stew
adapted from finecooking

1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 package chicken sausage, sliced
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
2 15-oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 small head escarole, chopped into 1- to 2-inch pieces, washed, and lightly dried
1 cup low-salt canned chicken broth
1-1/2 tsp. cider vinegar; more to taste
Kosher salt
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Heat the oil in a heavy 5- to 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the sausage, raise the heat to medium high, and cook until lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the beans. Add the escarole to the pot in batches; using tongs, toss with the sausage mixture to wilt the escarole and make room for more.

When all the escarole is in, add the chicken broth, cover the pot, and cook until the beans are heated through and the escarole is tender, about 8 minutes. Season to taste with the vinegar and salt. Transfer to bowls and sprinkle each portion with some of the Parmigiano.

Italian Sausage and Kale Pasta

21 Jul

This was a really yummy option for a quick weeknight dinner.


Italian Sausage and Kale Pasta
adapted from nutmegnanny

1 pound pasta
Kosher salt, to taste
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
1 package chicken sausage, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil, more will be needed later
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
2 cups chopped kale
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup minced fresh basil

Fill a large pot with water and set over high heat. Once the water is boiling add in a heavy pinch of kosher salt and pour in pasta.

Cook the pasta according to box directions, drain, add back to the pot, drizzle with a little olive oil and stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Set aside until you are ready to combine with the meat mixture.

While the pasta is cooking start making your sausage mixture.

In a large skillet brown sausage

Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the sausage pan and add in onions and tomatoes. Sauté for a few minutes until the onion and tomato starts to soften.

Add in kale and sauté until the kale is soft. Add garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds until the garlic is fragrant.

Pour in pasta and stir to combine. If the mixture is dry drizzle on a little more olive oil and stir in basil. Sprinkle the top with remaining Parmesan cheese and serve hot.

Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Pasta

18 Jun

This one was just ok.. The beans were redundant..


Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Pasta
adapted from iowagirleats

1lb gemelli or other short cut pasta (reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water)
4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large shallot or 1 small onion, chopped
12oz Chicken Sausage, sliced
1 sweet apple (about 1 cup), chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
pinch red chili pepper flakes
salt and pepper
15oz can Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
6oz spinach
1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese


Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water then drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat extra virgin olive oil in a very large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sausage then saute until sausage is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add apple, garlic, and red chili pepper flakes, season with salt and pepper, and then saute until apple is tender, about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth, beans, and spinach then toss with tongs until spinach is wilted, about 1 minute.
Pour sausage and apple mixture into pot with pasta then add parmesan cheese. Stir until combined, adding reserved pasta cooking water to reach desired consistency.

Parmesan Polenta and Spicy Sausage Sauce

9 Jun

This was really good! Yum


Parmesan Polenta and Spicy Sausage Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 package chicken sausage, sliced
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 (14.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, divided
2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
3/4 cup quick-cooking polenta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan, swirling to coat. Add sausage; sauté for 3 minutes or until browned. Add onion; sauté for 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add oregano, pepper, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 cup basil to pan; cook 5 minutes or until sauce thickens.
2. Combine broth and water in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Add polenta; reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently with a whisk. Stir in half of cheese. Place 2/3 cup polenta in each of 4 bowls; top with about 3/4 cup sauce. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon basil and 1 tablespoon cheese.

Quick Farro Recipe with Chicken Sausage, Tomatoes & Arugula

18 May

This was really good… Chicken sausage, farro, arugula, and tomatoes. All good things!


adapted from cookincanuck

Quick Farro Recipe with Chicken Sausage, Tomatoes & Arugula

1 1/2 cups quick-cooking farro
2 1/2 cups low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
1 package chicken sausage, cut into half-circles
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes
1 1/2 cups (packed) arugula
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Combine the farro and chicken broth in a medium saucepan. Cook according to package directions. Fluff with a fork and drain, reserving the liquid.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. Add the sausages and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausages are starting to brown, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer the sausages to a bowl.
Heat the olive oil in the same skillet. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 15 seconds. Add the tomatoes and cook for 1 minute.
Add 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the reserved farro cooking liquid, cover and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the tomatoes are softened, about 3 minutes. Press the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon so that they burst.
Add 2 additional tablespoons of the reserved cooking liquid and stir in the farro, cooked sausage and arugula.

Farfalle with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce & Pan Seared Chicken Sausage

9 Apr

This was super yummy! I left out the mushrooms the original recipe calls for since we’re not mushroom fans!


Farfalle with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce & Pan Seared Chicken Sausage
adapted from amusing foodie

1 box farfalle (bow-tie pasta)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons salted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped
1 cup fresh spinach, rough chopped
1 teaspoon + 2 tablespoons kosher salt
⅛ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
1 cup chicken broth
⅛ cup fresh basil, chopped
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 package chicken sausages, pan seared and sliced

Set a large pot of water to boil over high heat.
Warm the olive oil and butter in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat.
Once the butter has melted, add half the onions andthe garlic to the skillet, and saute them for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the spinach and the salt, and continue sauteing until the spinach has wilted – about 2 minutes.
Add the farfalle and 2 tablespoons salt to the boiling water in the large pot, and cook to al dente.
Meanwhile, stir the flour into the spinach mixture in the skillet (it will look a little pasty) and the continue to saute it for another minute to get the floury taste cooked out.
Pour the chicken broth and the milk into the skillet, stirring the mixture to combine. Bring it to a boil, and continue to stir the sauce until it’s thickened and bubbly. Add the Parmesan, and stir until it’s melted – 1 minute more.
Once the pasta is al dente, drain it and then add it to the sauce, tossing to coat the pasta.
Add the sausage, remaining onions and the basil, and give it one last toss.

Polenta Bowl with Garlicky Spinach, Chicken Sausage & Poached Egg

20 Mar

This came out tasty although I need practice poaching eggs :). This first attempt at poaching didn’t go so well! I also used quick/instant polenta so it only took a couple minutes to cook!


Polenta Bowl with Garlicky Spinach, Chicken Sausage & Poached Egg
adapted from thekitchn

4 cups water (or a mix of water and milk)
1 cup polenta
1 teaspoon salt
4 ounces (1 cup) goat cheese, shredded cheddar, or other cheese, plus more to serve
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 package chicken sausage, sliced into coins
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon chili flakes, plus more to serve
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
6 ounces baby spinach
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs

In a 2- to 3-quart saucepan with a lid, bring the water to a rolling boil. Pour in the polenta while whisking continuously. Stir in the salt and continue whisking until the polenta has thickened slightly. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook the polenta for 20 to 30 minutes, whisking vigorously every 10 minutes. The polenta is done when it is creamy, tastes tender, and has thickened into a porridge.

Remove the polenta from heat and stir in the cheese until the cheese has melted. Cover the pot and set aside until ready to serve.

When the polenta is about 10 minutes from finishing, prepare the topping. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and add the chicken sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is browned and golden on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and chili flakes, and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the cherry tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are soft, 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle handfuls of the spinach over the pan, adding more as each handful begins to wilt. Cook until the spinach is wilted and silky, but still bright green. Sprinkle with salt and remove the pan from heat.

Fill a saucepan with about 2 inches of water and set over medium-high heat. Crack each of the eggs into a measuring cup and set near the stove. When the water comes to a rapid simmer, reduce the heat to low and slip the eggs into the water one at a time. Cook for 4 1/2 minutes for runny yolks or 5 1/2 minutes for set yolks. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer directly to polenta bowls.

Assemble the bowls while the eggs are cooking. Spoon polenta into the bottom of each individual serving bowl. Lay a scoop of the topping over the polenta. When the eggs are ready, transfer them to the bowls. Sprinkle with extra chili flakes or cheese and serve immediately.

Any leftover polenta will set as it cools, but can be stored and reheated for up to a week; stir a splash of milk or water into the polenta after microwaving to make it creamy again. Store leftover topping separately for up to a week. Poach eggs just before serving.

Chicken Sausage and Broccoli rabe Pasta

23 Feb

This was super yummy! That’s all I’ve got


Chicken Sausage and Broccoli rabe Pasta
adapted from crumbblog

1 bunch broccoli rabe, roughly chopped
1 lb orecchiette pasta
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb chicken sausage, sliced
Pinch or two red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large pot of boiling salted water, blanch the broccoli rabe until stalks are bright green and tender-crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Don’t drain – you’ll need that cooking water shortly. Instead, use a slotted spoon to fish out the broccoli rabe and quickly transfer to an ice-water bath to stop the cooking process.
Stir pasta into the broccoli rabe cooking water, and cook until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid, then drain the pasta into a colander. Set aside.
In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook for about 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes and continue cooking for 1 minute or until fragrant.
Add cooked broccoli rabe and pasta, and toss to combine. Stir in reserved cooking liquid, a few spoonfuls at a time, until the pasta is lightly coated but not too saucy. Sprinkle with Parmesan, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Bean and chicken sausage stew revisited

27 Jan

Decided to make this bean and chicken sausage stew again. This time I used spinach instead of kale and served it over quinoa. YUM! Even better than the first time!