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
|Prep time||15 minutes|
|Cook time||30 minutes|
|Total time||45 minutes|
|Meal type||Main Dish|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Serve Hot|
- 4 links of chicken apple sausage
- .5 onion (sliced)
- 2 apples (diced)
- 1 cup spinach
- 1lb pasta
- .5 cup parmesan cheese
- olive oil
- freshly ground pepper
|Boil your pasta water. Cook pasta according to package directions.|
|While that cooks, saute your onion in a skillet until soft and golden.|
|Add diced apples and cook. Add sausage and cook through.|
|Add spinach and a splash of water. Cover and steam for 1 minute until the spinach goes limp.|
|Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of the starchy cooking water.|
|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.|
|Mix with sausage-apple-spinach mix and serve immediately.|
The 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.