Monday, February 14, 2011

Mike's Pasta

One night, in a mad scramble to make dinner in a hurry, without having anything planned for dinner, this dish came together and was quickly dubbed “Mike’s Pasta” because he has requested it almost weekly since I first made it!

This one dinner dish is quick, simple and hits the spot at our house every time I make it!

Mike’s Pasta

3 Chicken Sausages, chopped
2 Cups chopped Veggies (any veggies work, we use a frozen veggie blend with carrots, peppers, broccoli, beans, baby corn, onions, mushrooms, ect)
1 pack of elbow noodles (I use brown rice noodles from Trader Joe's)
¾- 1 Cup Italian Dressing (recipe below)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Grated Goat cheese to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
While the water is coming to a boil, sauté veggies and sausage until well cooked (about 10 minutes) in a separate large skillet.
Once the water boils, add your noodles and cook according to directions on package.
Drain your noodles and rinse (if using rice noodles)
Add Sausage and veggies into the noodles and combine well. Top Pasta mixture with Italian dressing. Mix well. Salt and Pepper to taste. Grate Cheese into the mixture, and combine well.


Note: Because rice noodles get hard when cold, this dish is best served warm. If you are using wheat noodles, this dish may be great served cold as well!

Italian Dressing (to go with above recipe)
2 T Dry Italian Dressing Mix (recipe below)
¼ Cup Vinegar
2 t. water
½ Cup Olive Oil (or extra-virgin)

Mix well. Enjoy!

Dry Italian Dressing Mix:
1 1/2 t. garlic powder
1 T. onion powder
2 t. oregano
1 T. dried parsley
2 t. sea salt
1 t. pepper
1/4 t. thyme
1/2 t. dried celery flakes

Shake ingredients together and store in a jar!

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