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GYO: Pasta Primavera with Chicken Andouille Sausage

Grow Your OwnLong time, no see! Happy Autumn! This is one of my favorite seasons, with all the wonderful produce pouring out of the garden and into the kitchen.

The freezer is full, too. Last week, we ate mostly from the freezer, pantry and garden – I have way too much in all of those places, so we’re working on paring it down. One item I found in the freezer was a package of chicken Andouille sausage from Trader Joe’s. I mixed it with fresh and frozen garden veggies, pasta and some Mexican queso cheese I found in the fridge (feta would work well, too) and we had a delicious, inexpensive meal. Yummo!

Pasta Primavera with Chicken Andouille Sausage

1/2 pound short pasta, such as rotini or penne
extra virgin olive oil
1 pound chicken Andouille sausage, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1/2 cup each of the following (or vegetables of your choice), diced: green and red bell peppers, zucchini, green beans, onions
1 jalapeno pepper, minced (optional)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup of your favorite white wine
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese
Queso or feta cheese, diced

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, heat 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil. Add sausage and stir occasionally with a wooden spatula to brown well on all sides.

Remove sausage to a plate. Add vegetables to the pan and stir 6-8 minutes, or until they start to turn brown. Add garlic and jalapeno and stir 30 seconds or until they become fragrant.

Add wine and scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen the browned bits. Add sausage back to pan. Taste and add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Cook about five minutes, to meld flavors.

Combine drained pasta and vegetable/sausage mixture. Serve, sprinkling each serving with cheese.

Pasta Primavera with Andouille Sausage

This is my contribution the the food blogging event Grow Your Own, created by Andrea of Andrea’s Recipes. The bell and jalapeno peppers and garlic came from our garden.

Tasty Tools: German Potato & Sausage Soup

Tasty Tools: Soup/Stock PotWhen we were in Germany recently, we had a late lunch in Potsdam with our former exchange students Olaf, Hannah and Josi, and Hannah’s parents, Bettina and Frank. We had seen Olaf in April when he visited the U.S. and stayed with us for a week, but it’s been a couple of years since we’ve seen the girls and Hannah’s parents. It was great fun to see them all again.

I was pretty hungry, with the time change, so while most of the group had a coffee of some type and a pastry, I had the potato and sausage soup. I was expecting something creamy; it came out more brothy, although it was thick from the potatoes being cooked in it for so long. Our first full day back home was chilly and rainy, so I found this soup online and made a half-batch. It’s so good, next time I’ll make the whole recipe, so we’ll have more leftovers.

I used my lovely Flame Le Creuset Dutch oven for this wonderful soup.

Tasty Tools: Soup Pot with German Potato and Sausage Soup

German Potato and Sausage Soup

5 pounds potatoes peeled and diced to 1/2″ pieces
6 carrots peeled and diced
1 large white onion peeled and diced
4 celery stalks chopped
2 teaspoons salt
3 pounds Polish kielbasa
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper, coarsely ground

Put potatoes, carrots, onion and celery in a large pot then add water to cover about 1 inch. Add half the salt, then cover with lid and set on medium flame.

Cut sausage into 2” pieces. Add water to cover bottom of frying pan and cook sausage piercing skin as it starts to harden. When cooked through, remove sausage to cutting board and dice into 1/2″ pieces; add to soup.

Add parsley, black pepper, red pepper, remaining salt and garlic. Cover and continue cooking on low heat for 2 hours; serve immediately.

This is my contribution to Tasty Tools: Soup/Stock Pots, a food blogging event hosted by Joelen of Joelen’s Culinary Adventures.

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