Clean-Out-the-Fridge Pasta

Chicken Apple Sausage Pasta

We were heading out for our trip to Hong Kong and I needed to purge the fridge and pantry. I had a mishmash of things that didn’t really go together, and lacked a few key ingredients for regular family favorites.

I had chicken apple sausages in the freezer, my go-to meat source for adding into winter soups. I had apples. Hmm, maybe I could make something of this. Onions? Always. Oh, and that spinach that’s seen better days. Add some pasta and it’s a meal.

The sauce was a bit of a wing-it. Parmesan and butter on their own don’t get very saucey. Mostly the parmesan just clings to the pasta in clumps. If you toss in a bit of the starchy water from the pasta, it thins out and becomes more balanced.

Apple Sausage Pasta

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Allergy Milk, Wheat
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Created purely by accident while cleaning out the fridge, this apple sausage pasta turned out to be a tasty meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 links of chicken apple sausage
  • .5 onion (sliced)
  • 2 apples (diced)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1lb pasta
  • .5 cup parmesan cheese
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Directions

Step 1
Boil your pasta water. Cook pasta according to package directions.
Step 2
While that cooks, saute your onion in a skillet until soft and golden.
Step 3
Add diced apples and cook. Add sausage and cook through.
Step 4
Add spinach and a splash of water. Cover and steam for 1 minute until the spinach goes limp.
Step 5
Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of the starchy cooking water.
Step 6
Toss drained pasta with 1 Tbsp butter and parmesan cheese. Gradually add pasta water to make something that's more saucey and less clumps-of-parmesan-on-pasta.
Step 7
Mix with sausage-apple-spinach mix and serve immediately.

Results

Easy-AllThe Assistant carefully picked his onions out, but then happily ate the rest of the meal. “I wouldn’t have put all of this together,” he said. “Spinach and onions and apples? That’s crazy. But it works!”

The Husband planned to take it for lunch the next day, which is always the ultimate sign of a successful experimental meal.

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