Was that a mouthful?
Yes, I think it was. But I had a hard time deciding on the name of this dish! It was actually an accident. I threw together the pasta with the bacon and tomatoes…..then decided I needed to make a veggie, and then spotted these great looking chicken smoked sausages I had in the fridge that I never found a use for. When we sat down to eat I just tossed everything together….because that’s the kind of girl I am. Fearless.
So this is a pantry meal of sorts. But really isn’t that the beauty of our foodie gift? To be able to scrounge around in the pantry and/or fridge when you know you need to go buy groceries but really would rather not. Or – there are so many things lingering in there making it look like you are slam full of groceries but you know there is nobody in your house going near that damn box of Special K bars you bought….oh I don’t know…..two months ago? Or that bag of lentils you SWORE you were going to make something with.
Yep, that would be me.
If that’s you…. BE PROUD FOODIES!!!….you can throw a meal together with the scraps laying around in the pantry and not have to rely on Pizza Hut.
Bacon and Tomato Pasta with Smoked Chicken Sausage
1 lb bacon, diced
1 lb angel hair or spaghetti pasta
1/2 sweet onion, diced
2 cans petite diced tomatoes
1 package chicken sausage
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, divided
1/2 lb broccoli, washed and chopped
1 tbsp ginger
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
You will need three pans; a stock pot for the pasta, a large saute pan for the sausage and a smaller saute pan for the broccoli. Bring the large pot 3/4 full of water to a boil – then add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain, then set aside and cover.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, ginger, 2 tbsp Worchestershire sauce, 2 minced garlic cloves, pepper flakes and chicken stock – set this aside.
In the medium size pan over medium-high heat add the sausage. Turn and cook until slightly browned on both sides and done; remove and cover, but don’t turn the heat off. Add the bacon and cook, stirring frequently until almost done. Add the onions, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce and 1 garlic clove. Stir until the onions are transluescent and fragrant. Add the tomatoes, stir to combine and bring to a slight boil – then remove from heat.
In the meantime, slice the sausage into about 1/2″ thick slices.; cover with foil and set aside.
In the smaller saute pan, over medium-high heat add the soy sauce mixture until it’s almost simmering, then add the broccoli. Stir, reduce heat to medium and cover. Check on it and stir about every 5-7 minutes, cooking about 15 minutes or until tender.
In a very large serving bowl (or the stockpot) throw in the pasta, sausage, tomato mixture and broccoli (with liquid). Combine everything using tongs.
Serve in individual bowls.
Enjoy and Happy Thursday-