PASTA AND QUINOA

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

2018年8月8日

Something I forgot to mention about my Vegas trip… I met some readers during my trip to the desert!

Picture it, we’re at the Bellagio Buffet on Friday night and one of the groomsmen said… “Wait, you’re the blogger?” and then he proceeded to go on about how his family LOVED the Grilled Chicken Bruschetta recipe I posted.  They’d even made the dish for Mother’s Day.  How fantastic is that?

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

I could have used some Grilled Bruschetta Chicken instead of all the food I ate here…

When I met the groom’s mother, she told me that she had been reading NTTC for a while now.  Nancy also shared she had lost 32 lbs since January using Weight Watchers.  Wow!!!

It’s not often that I get to meet folks who read my ramblings and try my recipes.  It was an honor to have a chance to meet Nancy, and I just adored her.  How lucky is Angela to have married into such a great family??

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

It only seems appropriate to be sharing this story on the same day that I’m sharing one of Angela and Jamie‘s favorite dishes.  Angela found this one on Skinny Taste (only one of the best low cal / low fat recipe blog out there).  While I’d tried many of Gina’s dishes (Pumpkin Spice PancakesLow Fat Red Wine Tomato VinaigretteCreamy Cilantro Tomatillo Dressing, and Slow Cooker Applesauce to name a few), I hadn’t tried this decadent pasta until Angela mentioned it.

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

Don’t let its simple ingredients fool you.  Gina has once again created a delicious dish that you’ll want to make over and over again….

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers, and Escarole

Inspired to try it by Angela

Recipe by Skinny Taste

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

12 oz Ronzoni Smart taste pasta (or whole wheat or low carb)

1 tsp olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

5 cloves garlic, chopped

1 lb Italian chicken sausage, removed from casing

1 medium head escarole, rinsed and torn into bite sized pieces

1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

salt and fresh pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Rinse escarole and tear into bite sized pieces.  Note:  I had to go to Whole Foods to find this stuff.  Any leafy green, including spinach is an appropriate substitute.

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

I sliced mine into ribbons

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

And then let them soak in my salad spinner

2. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water. Reserve 1 cup water before draining.

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

Boil it up!

3.  While pasta water boils, heat a large non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add olive oil; when hot add onions, peppers, garlic, salt and pepper.

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

You’ve got to dice them first…

4. Cook until soft, about 4-5 minutes.

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

Adding a little fresh ground pepper is always a good idea…

5. Add sausage, breaking up with a wooden spoon and cook until golden, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

I bought my chicken sausage at Target and it was casing-free. That being said, I couldn’t crumble it in the pan. Instead, I quartered it. Next time, I want to try it with the real-deal sausage.

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

I can’t even begin to tell you how good this smelled….

6. Add escarole, cover and cook 2 minutes; remove the cover, stir and cook about 3 more minutes or until wilted. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

My first time using escarole

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

I added a little too much crushed red pepper flakes… spicy!

7. Add cooked pasta, red pepper flakes, reserved water and Parmigiano Reggiano, toss well and transfer to a large serving bowl. Serve immediately.

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

Just gorgeous

Per 1 ½ cup serving:

CAL 298; FAT 5.5g; PROT 20.6g; CARB 47.2; FIB 7.5g; SUG 1.1g;

WW Points+: 8 ; WW Smart Points:

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

ENJOY!