From The Kitchen Of Rachelle Underwood

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta

Turkey Kielbasa or smoked sausage was on sale this week at the grocery store.  So, I was on the look out for a fast, kid friendly, adult pleasing recipe.  This recipe is incredibly fast.  I love that I only used one pot for the whole thing.  You could add whatever cheese you have on hand to this dish as well as what ever vegetable you have.  I'm sure spinach, kale, bell peppers, broccoli, or corn would all be delicious in this dish.  You could also use fat free half in half or whole milk for this recipe.  I haven't tried it with nonfat milk, so no guarentees if you use that.  Be creative and add what you like.  This made alot, and serves about 6 people.

Cheesy Smoked Sausage and Vegetable Pasta

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb  Smoked Turkey Sausage, sliced
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (about two fresh cloves)
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk or heavy cream
  • 8 oz dry pasta (any small pasta will do)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
  • 1 cup shredded Cheese
  • veggies
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallions, for garnish
Brown sausage in olive oil in a large pan, add onions and garlic, cook for about 1-2 minutes.  Add veggies, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, milk, and pasta to the pan and bring to a boil.  Cook pasta for 2 minutes less than what it says on the box.  Remove from heat and stir in grated cheese.  Season with salt and pepper and garnish with green onions.

Soy Mahi Mahi with Nectarine Salsa

I got some frozen mahi mahi the other day from Costco.  People think that just because I live in Hawaii, I can cast my fishing pole in the ocean right by where I live and a Mahi Mahi fish will be caught.  WRONG.  I wish I could do that.  I will settle for the frozen packages kind at Costco, much easier.  This recipe is very fresh, light, fast, and tastes amazing.  All the flavors are there, salty, sweet, and tangy.  You could really use any stone fruit to make this salsa.  The nice thing is that you don't have to worry about the fruit being perfectly ripe either.

Soy Mahi Mahi with Nectarine Salsa

3-4 Mahi Mahi Fillets
1/4 c soy sauce
2 tbs lime juice
1 tbs honey
1 tbs grated ginger

1-2 nectarines
1/2 c cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeds removed, chopped finely
1/2 bell pepper, any color, chopped finely
2-3 green onion, sliced thinly
1 small clove garlic, minced
1-2 tbs lime juice
salt and pepper to taste

Combine marinade ingredients in a large ziplick bag.  Add Mahi Mahi fillets and marinade for 30 minutes to an hour.  Combine ingredients for the salsa, and season to taste.  Heat 1 tbs of oil in a large skillet on high.  Remove Mahi Mahi from the marinade and add to the pan.  Sear for 4 minutes on medium high for both sides.  Serve on top of white rice and black beans.  Top fish with nectarine salsa.