Friday, February 22, 2008

Linguine with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Chicken Sausage


I made this pasta last night with whatever ingredients we had in the kitchen, and J said it was the best I'd ever made, so I think I should write it down in case I need to duplicate it someday.

Here it is:

Linguine with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Chicken Sausage

1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
2 Italian-style precooked chicken sausage links (can use more if you desire)
1 large sweet onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp Gourmet Garden Italian Seasoning blend (in tube, like fresh...can use 2 tsp. dried)
salt and pepper to taste

1/2 lb. linguine (I used spinach)

Fill pasta pot with water and put on to boil. While water is boiling, chop onions and garlic. Heat large skillet over medium high, add sun dried tomatoes. Since they're packed in oil, that's all you need to saute the onions and garlic. Turn heat down while sauteing, so the tomatoes don't burn. Cook, stirring with wooden spoon, until onions are translucent and a little crispy on edges. While they're cooking, cut sausages in half, then 1/4 inch slices. Add to vegetables and continue to cook until sausage is heated through (J. likes them browned). Add seasoning blend, and salt and pepper. Cover and reduce to simmer. When pasta is cooked, don't rinse, just add to vegetable/chicken mix with 1/2 ladle of pasta water, and toss. Add shredded parmesan cheese, if desired.