Spicy Bow Tie Pasta with Broccoli & Sausage

I am sure that I’ve mentioned at some point or another that I have absolutely no skill whatsoever in the cooking department. So it may seem a bit strange that we’re posting such a delicious recipe in place of our regular tutorial Tuesday. BUT the recipe is actually from a surprise guest poster: Katie Goodman of the incredible food blog, goodLife {eats}. I am so excited to have her here today sharing this yummy meal.

A little more about Katie before we get to the recipe… She is a stay-at-home mom determined to make family meal time a priority while providing a variety of healthy and delicious food choices. Katie’s interest in cooking was born out of her love for delicious foods and, as you can imagine, was shaped by the influence of many family members (including her two kids). Read more here. So let’s get to the good stuff. Take it away Katie….

Want to know a secret? I make up a lot of my pasta dishes with this basic 3-2-1 formula. It’s probably not a new idea, but it definitely helps me throw different dishes together using what I’ve got on hand. I use this formula a lot. Sometimes when I’m really at a loss with what to make for dinner, especially when I haven’t gone grocery shopping, and I’m trying to put a mish-mash of ingredients together for a respectable meal it can be really helpful.

These dishes come together fast because they’re all basic ingredients. Sure you can jazz it up with a little something extra special or make a sauce if you want to. It just gives me a starting place. We all need a starting place to give us a push in the right direction once in a while. I know I’m not the only one who has opened the fridge 20 times within an hour period only to declare that there is “nothing worth eating in this house,” while feeling totally exasperated!

Ready for the formula? It’s pretty simple!

I made this Spicy Bow Tie Pasta with Broccoli and Sausage on one of those exasperated evenings. The only fresh vegetable in sight was 1 crown of broccoli. I knew that wasn’t enough to do a lot with, so I added the sundried tomatoes to get a more significant serving of vegetables. I grabbed 2 links of sausage from the freezer. I always have onion and garlic on hand. And suddenly we were getting somewhere, and it sure wasn’t going to be take-out pizza.

I cooked up the entire meal in less than 30 minutes while I talked to my BFF on the phone. We had started the conversation with me complaining about not knowing what to make for dinner and ended it with my proclamation of dinner being done. HOLY COW, she says! I secretly smiled, proud at my accomplishment. I can indeed make dinner out of “nothing.” And it was most definitely better than “good.”

Spicy Bow Tie with Broccoli and Sausage
a goodLife {eats} creation

-2 cups broccoli florets, cooked till tender crisp

-1 cup sundried tomatoes, soaked in oil

-2 cups mild italian sausage, about 2 links

-1 red onion, sliced thinly

-2 cloves garlic, minced

-1/3 cup dry white wine

-1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper, more if you like

-salt and pepper to taste

-8 ounces bow tie pasta, cooked according to package instructions

In a large saute pan, drizzle a couple teaspoons of olive oil. Heat over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, cooking until browned on all sides. Remove sausage and slice into rounds. Return to pan. Add onion to the sausage and saute until the onion is tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 minute more.

Deglaze the pan with the white wine, making sure to scrape up all the browned bits. Stir in the tomatoes, pasta, and broccoli. Season to taste with salt and pepper and sprinkle with crushed red pepper. Serve topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

*Note: when I cook the pasta, I add the broccoli to the pot for the last 2 minutes to cook it.

Yum! I love bow tie pasta. Thanks so much Katie for sharing this with us today. For more recipes from Katie Goodman, visit goodLife{eats}.

4 comments | Click here to reply

thats some tasty looking pasta …!

laura Evans

Healthy and delicious! Perfect combination 🙂

laura trevey

Oh wow! That looks incredibly delicious! YUM!!!

Amber

Did not realize pre-vegetarian how good vegetables are and how fun and creative you can get with them, there are just so many recipes:)!!!more about easy vegetarian recipes

easy vegetarian recipes
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