Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fresh Tomato and Sausage Pasta

I had a great day today! My son started his first day of preschool today, and that combined with my daughter being in school, left me gloriously child free for two and a half hours! I grabbed a friend, who is also newly childless and we hit the town... Well okay, we hit a craft store, and the mall, but we also fit in a late breakfast at Whole Foods, as well as peaceful conversation without any whining, hitting or biting. It. Was. Fantastic.

Afterward I picked up a little boy who walked with a bit more swagger in his step. He was, afterall, a preschooler, which makes him much cooler. We enjoyed some time at the park afterward, because even though it's September, it's still hot, and humid. I'm actually okay with it though because I'm not quite sure I'm done eating all of my summer favorites, like this dish.

I rarely repeat recipes on my blog, but this goes down as one of my all time favorite recipes. It's basically all of my very favorite foods in one skillet, basil, pasta, tomatoes, cheese, sausage, delicious! I felt like it would be remiss of me not to re-introduce it, especially when the weather still allows it.

Fresh Tomato and Sausage Pasta
Cooking Light September 2009


8 ounces uncooked penne
8 ounces sweet Italian sausage
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup vertically sliced onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/4 pounds tomato, chopped
6 tablespoons grated, fresh pecorino Romano cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sausage and onion to pan; cook four minutes, stirring to crumble sausage. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in pasta, 2 tablespoons cheese, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and basil.

Serves 4: 2 cups pasta, 1 tablespoon cheese

Per Serving: 389 cal, 10.7g fat, 21.6g prot, 4.5g fiber, 27mg chol


Kristin said...

Yum! I'm always looking for different ways to use sausage!

Erica said...

Yay for some you time!!! Pasta dishes are always so yummy- especially with fresh ingredients- yum!

Kim said...

It really is great to have a break while the kids are in school. It's funny and surprising how much fun it is to go to a store without the whining, screaming, hitting, potty breaks, etc. Sometimes I find myself in Target looking around at things for hours! LOL!

This is one of my favorite types of meals and something I would make as a quick go-to meal.

Gloria said...

Look yummm! gloria

Julie said...

That calorie count is way better than I thought it would be...I'll have to get this on our table. Keep enjoying those child free moments :)

Taste and Tell said...

I'm not going to be child-free for quite a few years - but luckily I can still make up some of this!!

Joanne said...

I'm not ready to give up on tomatoes and basil yet either! What a great dish.

i'm so glad to hear your son is enjoying preschool!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love pasta!

Lara said...

I'm newly childless during the day too and it's amazing how freeing it feels! Of course I'm also surprised at how busy it still seems.

Love this totally looks like the kind of thing my family would love!

Mary said...

This looks like a wonderful fall supper. Bookmarked! Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

♥peachkins♥ said...

now that I'm trying to be healthy, I should try this recipe..

Cathy said...

This looks like a delicious recipe, Teresa. If you are reposting it I know its good. Having a couple hours to yourself is a great feeling of freedom. I was always amazed by how much I could get done in just a few hours of alone time.

Debbie said...

This looks so good - I'm a huge pasta fan and can easily see how this would be a favorite of yours. Love the fact that you can use one skillet!!!

Liz said...

Must be pretty exciting to have a couple hours to yourself. This dish uses one of my favorite combinations, sausage and tomatoes.

Anonymous said...

I remember the first time I had a few hours when Hannah was in school and I was like "what do I do with myself?!"

Glad you got some grown up time - it goes by fast though!

Anonymous said...

I remember the first time I had a few hours when Hannah was in school and I was like "what do I do with myself?!"

Glad you got some grown up time - it goes by fast though!

Velva said...

Cheers to your little one being in pre-school I can totally understand the new swagger in his step :-)

Love, love comfort food. This fresh tomato and sausage pasta can be enjoyed all year. Awesome.


Reeni said...

This looks so super comforting and delicious - I could eat it anytime! Enjoy the time to yourself!

Barbara said...

Loved your description of your first free morning! :) I remember it all goes so fast from now on, Teresa.
And the swagger? I remember that too.

Love your pasta dish. I really don't use sausage enough and I do like it a lot. I make my mother's Yorkshire Pudding and Sausage once in a while, but that's about it. Really must try this dish!

Chris said...

I can see why this is one of your favorites!

Anonymous said...

this is definately my kinda of pasta!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Have a magical Monday!

Kathleen said...

Love the sound of this pasta. Enjoy your glorious child free time :)

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

great dish I was thinking of making something similar this week and J is at pre school now shame she still cries every morning