it’s pizza! in pasta form….

28 Feb

A little bit of this, a little bit of that…somehow my pasta tonight ended up tasting a lot like pizza!  I have an adorable French friend who works at Oyama Sausage Co. in the Public Market and they stock the tastiest cured meats, pates and cheeses.  We were passing by late one afternoon to say hello to our friend and I decided to pick up some Italian sausages for a pasta dinner…here’s what I came up with…I’m sure kids would love the pizza-y taste to the whole thing and it’s got tons of veggies to make your guests big and strong.

What you need!
3 spicy Italian sausages
1 half of each yellow, red and green pepper
1 onion
3 cloves of garlic
1 jar of pasta sauce
1/2 package elbow macaroni
2 handfuls of spinach
2 tbsp oregano
olive oil

What to do!

1.  Start boiling your salted water for the macaroni.  Add the pasta once it’s boiled and make sure to drain it when it is al dente.

2.  Chop your onions and take off the skins of the garlic.  Remove the seeds and stems of the pepper and slice thinly.  In a large wok or pan on high heat, drizzle some olive oil and sautee the onions and garlic until golden brown.  Add the peppers in and sautee until slightly soft 6-8 minutes.

eating a rainbow of colours is always better than deep-fried beige

3.  Remove from pan and set aside.  Slit open the sausages and take out the casing…this is undoubtly kinda gross but basically you want to keep the innards and not the skin.  Put the sausage ground in the wok/pan and break up the clumps.  Cook until browned 6-8 minutes.

4.  Add the veggies back in and cook for another 3-5 minutes.  The nice thing about the sausage is that it’s already seasoned so chances are, it will season your veggies too.  Have a taste and add salt and pepper if needed.

5.  Pour in a jar of your favourite pasta sauce and give it a stir.  Let the sauce bubble a little and then turn the heat down to medium and let simmer for 8 min.

Note:  I used Classic Four Cheese Blend because I found it at Shoppers Drug Mart for 2/$5.00.  Is it weird that I sometimes buy grocery staples at Shoppers?  Their sales are pretty darn good.  Moving on…I usually just buy crushed tomatoes because it’s cheaper and add a bunch of stuff to make it pasta sauce-like but it was already cheap so I took the short cut.

6.  Put your drained pasta into the sauce and cook at medium heat for a few minutes so the pasta can absorb some of the sauce.

7.  Throw in a couple of handfuls of spinach for extra nutrients!  Do this at the last minute because the spinach will wilt in a jiffy.  Add oregano, stir, have a taste and add salt and pepper if needed.

8.  Ready to serve!  Add a little parmesan on the top and it’s pizza pasta time!

Feeds about 6 big portions

Approx Costs:
$1.25 – macaroni
$5.00 – italian sausages
$1.50 – peppers
$1.50 – spinach
$0.50 – onion
$2.50 – pasta sauce
$1.00 – garlic and seasonings

Total: $13.25 for 6 people or $2.21/person


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