One day I found this recipe on Pinterest for Sausage Asparagus Quinoa Pasta. I was on a health kick and trying to cut out gluten. Quinoa pasta? Must be healthy! I bought the ingredients that I thought I needed to buy but later realized I was wrong. I purchased the wrong sausage and did not want to buy asparagus (am I the only adult who doesn’t like asparagus?). Since my first attempt, I have tweaked this recipe into something completely different that is still healthy and filling. It has become my husband’s favorite meal! I have aptly named this dinner Sausage Skillet Meal. Creative, I know. And the best part? It only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.
Ingredients (not all pictured)
- 1 turkey kielbasa sausage
- 2 cups of pasta (I have use rotini, fusilli, and penne pastas)
- 1 cup green beans– fresh or frozen
- ½ cup yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ tsp chili pepper
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Olive oil
- Optional: 1 cup broccoli florets
- Optional: ¼ c. parmesan cheese, shredded
- Cook the pasta according to the box instructions. Drain and set aside for later use. Mix a little olive oil in to keep the pasta from sticking together.
- As the pasta cooks, slice the sausage. Add a little bit of olive oil to a skillet and cook the sausage. Allow time to brown a little bit– 10-15 minutes.
- After the meat is cooked, add the garlic and onions to the skillet. Cook together over medium heat until onions and garlic are fragrant. Onions will be golden brown.
- Add in your green beans (and broccoli, if you’re using it). Allow ingredients to cook together for 3-5 minutes. You may need to add a little more olive oil to keep food from sticking to the skillet– use your discretion! **If green beans are frozen, you may need to cook a little longer.
- Mix in your cooked pasta.
- Add chilli pepper, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
- Adjust seasoning and olive oil to taste.
- Remove from heat and top with parmesan cheese.
Pair with your favorite refrigerated biscuit (we always grab some croissants) and enjoy! If you try this meal, leave a comment and share your thoughts!