Typically at our house, I grocery shop on Tuesdays and do our “big” shopping for the week, but by Saturday night, we usually need a few more fresh ingredients to get us to the following Tuesday, so Andrew will run by the store and grab a few things.
On this particular weekend, I told him I wanted to make a pasta with sausage and asked him to grab whatever veggies looked good…he and Kensington came home with a big sweet onion, asparagus and mushrooms…yum! The beauty of this little method is that you can sub any veggies that look good to you (bell pepper, zucchini, cherry tomatoes…whatever)…just mix and match it.
We used a sweet Italian chicken sausage in our pasta but any sausage will work (pork, chicken or turkey). You just really want to use sausage over a ground meat because of the flavor. Enjoy!
This recipe makes enough for four big portions.
1 pound of short cut pasta (I used penne)
1 pound of sausage
1 big sweet onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped
a big handful of mushrooms (any variety), chopped
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
10 to 12 asparagus, chopped into bite sized pieces
a splash of milk, cream or half and half
salt and pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
garnish with parsley
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Drop your pasta and cook to al dente (about six minutes or so).
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle in a tablespoon or so of EVOO. Add in your sausage and brown.
Once browned and crumbly, add in your chopped onion and saute a few minutes until soft. Add in your garlic and chopped mushrooms. Saute a few more minutes. Stir in your stock and de-glaze your pan (scrape the little bits off the bottom). Stir in the Parm and asparagus and reduce heat to low and simmer about five minutes. Stir in the milk and a nice pinch of salt and pepper.
Drain your pasta and add to the skillet of sausage. Stir to incorporate.
Garnish with parsley and more Parmesan.
Head to the grocery store, find whatever veggies are in season and add to this pasta. Such a quick and easy supper!