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One-Pan Pasta & Sausage Dinner
April 12, 2017
It amazes me how everything in life cycles. Kitchen cooking tools for example. It seems like I’ve spent my life collecting the perfect pots and pans, slow cookers, etc., and now, the trend is to cook one-pan meals. Whether it is on a baking sheet, or instant pot, dutch oven, or, or, or… recipes are evolving to accommodate cooking the entire meal in one device.
A few years ago Martha Stewart came out with a one-pot pasta meal that was horrible! I’ve erased the name of the recipe from my brain so I can’t even tell you what it was to avoid it. Well, in all fairness, erasing stuff from my brain is almost automatic these days, even stuff I want to remember. 😉
Today I was trying to find a recipe that would be easy for hubby to make while I’m recovering from back surgery. This one proved to be a good choice.
I used my homemade Italian sausage, but you can easily substitute any store brand sausage or your favorite.
I was skeptical about adding raw pasta (not pre-cooked) to a pot with some cooked ingredients. To cook pasta well, it really needs its own large pot of heavily salted boiling water. So I wasn’t convinced this proposed cooking method would turn out well. I used “mini” pasta just in case. To my surprise, the pasta cooked nicely in the broth, cooked vegetables, and sausage.
Adding the mozzarella and parmesan at the end when the ingredients have cooked melts into a gooey delicious yummy mess.