Perhaps a little on the low brow, college-dorm side of life, but quite tasty nonetheless! This is a take on a dish that I usually make with smoked sausage or Polska kielbasa. Not what I’d call light fare in either case, but it does have a good amount of veggies thrown in.
In truly Seat of my Pants fashion, this dish was cobbled together with whatever I could find at the ready when I discovered that I had not only forgotten to pull anything out for dinner, but that it was very late in the evening and I needed something for Mrs. Seat of Her Pants to eat in a hurry.
- Egg noodles (2 handfuls, maybe ¾ cup)
- 1 small red onion: diced (Or half a big one...)
- 2 large cloves of garlic: diced
- 1/2 bag of Lil' Smokies® cut in half
- 5 Ready Made® breakfast sausages, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets
- 8 oz chopped mushrooms
- 1 - 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 6 oz bag of fresh spinach
- Shredded Mozzarella & Asiago cheese (or Parmesan if you prefer)
- Add egg noodles to 2 quarts boiling salted water.
- Heat pan over med high heat. Add olive oil, two swirls around the pan. Add onions, a pinch of salt and stir until translucent (about 2 minutes). Add garlic, stir wait 30 seconds (Garlic will turn bitter if it burns... No more than 45 seconds here!) Add mushrooms and broccoli, cook 5 minutes, or until mushrooms have turned a deep brown. Add Lil' Smokies® and Ready Made® sausages, Allow to brown slightly. Add tomatoes with liquid, stir and allow pan to return to heat. Add spinach, fold through until wilted. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove egg noodles from water and drain, add noodles to saute pan and stir to combine. If the pan looks dry, add some of the pasta water.
- Cover, remove from heat and let steam for five minutes. (Just to let the flavors mingle a bit.)
Serve Warm with a generous sprinkling of cheese and a good beer or iced tea and enjoy.
What I would’ve done differently had I thought about it.
I probably would have added a bit of chili flakes or used diced tomatoes with green chilies added. Perhaps saute the sausages in beer before adding them. I also might have added a touch of fennel seed at the beginning.
Considering the off the shelf nature of this particular dish I think it came out pretty well.
The response from Mrs. Seat of Her Pants… “Fan-Freakin’-Tabulous!”
That’s good enough for me. I’m off to pull something out of the freezer.