Sometimes I get in a dinner rut and forget how much I enjoy cooking with certain ingredients. I was recently reminded that I hadn’t used chicken sausage in a long time after seeing a few delicious and quick meal recipes on Meghan’s fantastic blog, You’re Gonna Bake It After All. Chicken sausage is so versatile and easy to use when you forget to defrost chicken or don’t have time to cut up and sauté the raw stuff! Since it’s precooked, all you have to do is warm it up in the microwave. It’s also great for hot summer nights when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen. So, I decided to try a new brand at Costco a few weeks ago (Benetino’s Smoked Mozzarella Chicken Sausages with Artichokes and Garlic – yum!) and made a delicious pasta dish with it!
This pasta is on the lighter side because it doesn’t have a thick sauce, but it’s still very flavorful since it’s packed with sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. My favorite kind of pasta dishes are those that contain both the veggie and protein components of your meal all in one pot!
Chicken Sausage Pasta with Broccoli and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
1 pound whole wheat penne pasta
8 cups frozen broccoli florets
5 chicken sausages, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions. Warm broccoli florets and chicken sausages in the microwave according to the package directions. Toss pasta with broccoli florets, chicken sausages, olive oil, vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Makes 8 servings.
Nutrition: 467 calories, 14.6g fat, 11.1g fiber, 29.4g protein per serving
Cost: $1.48 per serving