Nom noms: MAGIC PASTA

Bonjour mes amis!

Yes, I know, it’s been way too long since I last blogged. Specifically since I last food-blogged. But I’m back! Back in action and planning to stay in action! Coming at you today with the most delicious food I’ve had in weeks. And I made it myself, which just makes it taste even better! So what is this magical food you ask? Well, it’s pasta. One-pot pasta. With chicken sausage, mushrooms, kale, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and just ALL of the deliciousness. BOOM. Are you excited yet? No? Well you better get excited BECAUSE WE’RE ABOUT TO GET COOKING WOO!!

Since I’ve just come back to college, I’ve been eating a few too many microwavable meals and I’m back to my dinky kitchen where a can opener is the most technologically-advanced cooking tool I have. But this morning I began craving the sweet, sweet flavor of fresh, home-cooked food and set my sights on an exciting one-pot pasta I discovered over summer but never got the chance to try. So I rallied myself to walk the half-mile to the grocery store, assembleeeee my ingredients, and cook my little heart out. So here we go – pasta. Thing. Epic pasta thing. That’s magical. Magic pasta.

STEP 1: Ingredients! Yes, as always, we begin with ingredients! There’s actually quite a few of them for this recipe but, as a college student, I cut out ones I couldn’t afford from the original recipe, so definitely play with what you choose to include. This amount of ingredients should easily serve 4-6 hungry college kids:

  • Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Chicken sausage (I used Chicken Apple but pick your favorite!) – 12 oz
  • Mushrooms – 8 oz
  • Yellow onion – 1 half
  • Chicken broth – 4 cups
  • Shaped pasta – 1 lb (aka 1 box)
  • Kale leaves, chopped – 2-4 cups
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved – 3 cups
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Salt – a few pinches

The recipe I followed included other things like red chili pepper flakes, parsley, and some fancy buttery hermed bread crumbs, but I kept it simple!

ingredients

STEP 2: Prep time! Unfortunately, this receipt does require quite a bit more prep than some of my other recipes. As my roommate said as she watched me cook today, “I have never seen you more patient” as I spent 20 minutes meticulously chopping all of my ingredients like a crazy chef perfectionist. Chef-ectionist. Anyway, chop your sausage into little coin-medallion type things to brown them nicely. Next, chop your mushrooms (or be lazy like me and buy pre-chopped mushrooms) into slices, slice-and-dice your onion, halve your cherry tomatoes (or just use tomato puree), and thinly slice your garlic cloves. Finally, the worst part, chop your kale. If you’re an idiot like me, you’ll buy regular kale leaves and then spend 15 infuriating minutes trying to de-stem and de-spine itty-bitty baby kale leaves. (Hey, even though I live in LA, I am not well educated on the kale universe.) As someone who had never worked with kale before (and might not ever again after today), be smart please and buy pre-chopped kale!

prep

STEP 3: Start cooking! Grab a BIG pot or high-sided pan and stick in on a medium heat on the stove. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan and toss in your sausage coin-thingys. Let them cook about 2-3 minutes each side to get a nice brown on them. Luckily, if you buy pre-cooked sausage then you don’t need to be too concerned if your sausage doesn’t brown too too much. Take these off and keep them to the side in a separate bowl once they’re done!

sausage cooking

STEP 4: Now comes the fun part – start your pan again on a medium heat, coating the bottom with 1 tablespoon of olive oil like before.  Toss in your onions and mushrooms and let those sit and stew for about 2 minutes before mixing and making sure they’re browning a bit. Then add basically everything else: chicken broth, pasta, kale, tomatoes, garlic, and a bit of salt. Turn up the heat juuuust a tad to help bring the pot to boil and mix everything together. Once at a boil, turn the heat back down to medium-low and let it cook for about 20-25 minutes or until the pasta is tender and the chicken broth has mostly cooked off. Don’t forget to mix back in your sausage in the last few minutes of cooking!

mush onion

cook

STEP 5: VOILA! You now have MAGICAL PASTA. Okay, not magical, but delicious.

done

I realize this was more complex than some of my previous cooking adventures but it’s still simple, healthy, and easy to do, even on a budget! My food-baby and I are well stuffed and I have enough leftovers to last me at least a few more meals! I hope you enjoyed this cooking adventure and I promise, I’m back!!! Nom on!!

Note: Food baby not included.

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