Bacon and Tomato Pasta with Smoked Chicken Sausage

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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-

~Dixie Chik~


  • Jamie | My Baking Addiction
    March 5, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Sometimes the best dinners are created with random ingredients! This sounds quite delish!

    Thanks for linking your blog on the My Baking Addiction Facebook page.


  • Dixie Chik
    March 5, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Thanks Jamie – you have an awesome site 🙂

  • [email protected]'s Easy Cooking
    March 4, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Oh my goodness, that pasta looks so good! Love it!!!

  • Rach
    March 4, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Looks so good! I’ve definitely been there – looking through the pantry and freezer for SOMETHING I can mix together. Some great meals have come out of that! 🙂

  • Kate @ Diethood.com
    March 4, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Shea, that looks amazing! It’s too early in the morning for me to crave it, but I can’t help it… sounds delicious! Bacon, chicken, pasta…what’s not to love? Great recipe!

  • Dixie Chik
    March 4, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Thanks Kate 🙂

  • carolinaheartstrings
    March 4, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    That looks really great and I bet the combination of all teh flavors is wondeful.

  • Dixie Chik
    March 4, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    The combination is awesome! Thanks!

  • natalie (the sweets life)
    March 4, 2011 at 7:30 AM

    this sounds great! I’m always looking for new ways to use chicken sausage!

  • Dixie Chik
    March 4, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Thank you!!

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