I grew up in a very healthy home. Like... flax seed, green smoothies, freshly ground wheat 'cereal', organic everything. And I LOVED IT. But when I went away and perused the shelves of the grocery store on my own for the first few times, my heart fluttered in the pasta aisle and I became a fanatic. We just didn't eat a lot of pasta growing up. We didn't eat pop-tarts either and I went on a major pop-tart binge while living with Tiffany who introduced me to all sorts of things, like boxed mac n cheese. ANYWAY. Pasta. I liked it a lot. Then I didn't because I had eaten it so much.
So okay my whole point is that I wouldn't be posting a pasta recipe if it wasn't awesome. So here you go. A recipe of mine own creation, from my kitchen to yours.
Parsley Pepper Pasta
Sausage (we used chicken sausage, medium spice)
Pasta (doesn't matter what you use, I don't think, but I used rigatoni)
Two bell peppers
Red pasta sauce (you can use the store-bought stuff or make your own. I'll put a recipe for home-made at the end of the post)
|Brown sausage, and when it is almost done, add chopped peppers and about 1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley. Is there anything grosser looking than un-browned sausage? Doubt it.|
|When sausage is done and peppers are soft (I like 'em a little crunchy still), pour sausage/pepper/parsley mixture from skillet into the pan with the pasta. Stir together. Serve with a sprig of fresh parsley to make it look legit.|
Like I said before, I'm not a huge pasta fan (anymore) and I actually don't usually like sausage very much either. But this was a winner. Steven and Gage were in heaven because Gage is a connoisseur of all things noodle and Steven loves Italian food. And I actually liked it. Not too heavy or fattening, but filling. Yum. Let me know if you try it!
Homemade pasta sauce:
1 can diced tomatoes
2 can tomato paste
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt & pepper to taste
Sautee onion and garlic cloves until soft, then stir into a pot with the diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir until warm.