12 May 2009

dinner tonight: creamy sausage bowties and tomato salad

I decided to perform a burger intervention on Vadim this evening. Ergo, I walked over to Zeytuna to pick up a few things for a dinner.

On the list:
Grape tomatoes, zucchini, chicken sausage w/ broccoli rabe and feta, olive oil cut with butter, milk and fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

The rest I should have at home:
Cracked pepper, sea salt, rice vinegar, pasta and extra virgin olive oil.

To begin: bring a pot of water to a boil and add pasta. Utilize the time that the pasta is cooking to prepare your other ingredients.

This is a good time to make the easy tomato side dish. Chop the tomatoes in 3-4 pieces each and toss in a bowl. Add a generous splash of rice vinegar and a table spoon of extra virgin olive oil. Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste. The juices will mix well with the spices while you are preparing your main dish.

Put a large pan on medium-low heat. After adding a smudge of the butter/olive oil blend, I suggest placing the sausage in whole. When the outer shell is lightly browned, spear it with a fork and chop it into smaller pieces. Toss the meat with sliced zucchini that was prepped while boiling the bow tie pasta.

When the sausage and zucchini are fully cooked, pour in about 1/3 cup of reduced fat milk. Crack some pepper, and sprinkle some sea salt over the mix. (I also added a squirt of Sriracha to make it a bit spicy).

Add about 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese. Stirring constantly, allow the cheese to blend with the reducing milk.

After about five minutes of blending and sauteing the sauce, add your drained pasta.

Fold the pasta with the sauce until evenly blended.

In our usual style: we sat on the floor. Pilgrim waited patiently while Vadim put Chinatown in the DVD player. They didn't leave a single bite behind.

1 comment:

*meaghan* said...

yummm this sounds amazing!