So totally not a creative theme, I know. But I have to catch up with all of you Fellow Foodys. What's your best meal from the last several weeks?This is one I cooked for a gathering of not-so-adventuresome family members. Not that they would EVER complain about anything that was made for them, but I just tend to make more, you know... odd-type food. So I was hoping to find something that was creative without being too weird.
Here's what I found:
8 ounces penne pasta
4 links spicy chicken andouille sausage (we used a pound of Kielbasa)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup pesto
1/2 cup white wine
1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, undrained
3 cups torn arugula leaves (you could easily sub spinach or another green)
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place penne in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage until evenly brown. Cool and slice.
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, and cook the garlic 1 minute, until lightly browned. Mix in sausage, pesto, and white wine. Cook and stir until heated through. Mix in beans with liquid and arugula, and cook until arugula is wilted. Stir in the tomatoes, and cook until heated through. Toss with pasta, season with salt and pepper, and top with goat cheese to serve.
It was good. I took a picture of some of our family eating it:
Oh, but I guess it was so good, nobody has ANY left on their plates! And, doesn't Grandma look amazing?!
And I'm not kidding, every single person licked their plate clean. And it was easy. And it uses pesto.
You must make this.
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