As I wrote last time (Menu Plans – Back on the Agenda), my menu organization has not been all it should be lately (but now remedied).  In this disorganized mode I went to the supermarket last week with no idea of what to get for dinner.  As I walked in, there was a rack of menu cards screaming “Feed Your Family For Under $10”, so I grabbed them all and promptly decided on the Italian Sausage Pasta.

Italian Sausage Pasta appealed because it was a combination of flavours I haven’t really put together on pasta before.  Also, the idea of using whole cherry tomatoes (of which I had heaps in the fridge) was appealing.  That settled, I purchased all the other necessary ingredients and the dinner dilemma was solved.

The recipe is adapted via Curtis Stone who has been doing work with Coles Supermarkets, and I must say, the other recipes he’s put together look good too.  I added a few extra tomatoes and olives than the original recipe called for – less is not always more!Italian-Sausage-Pasta

Italian Sausage Pasta

Ingredients

15 cherry tomatoes
2 teaspoons + 1 tablespoon olive oil
8 Italian style pork sausages
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives
¼ cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
500g pasta (penne, rigatoni or other short pasta)

Method

Preheat oven to 190C (375F).  Place the tomatoes on a suitable baking tray.  Drizzle with 2 teaspoons of oil and season with salt and pepper.  Roast the tomatoes for about 8 minutes, or until the skin begins to split.  Remove them from the oven .

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling water.  While it is cooking, heat tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and cook the sausages.   Allow to cool then slice into 3cm disks.  Saute garlic in the pan for 1 minute, then add the tomatoes and sausages.  Heat through for 3 minutes then add olives and toss through.  Bring the whole mixture to a simmer and add the parsley.

Drain cooked pasta and add to the pan.  Toss well to combine with the sauce.  Serve.

The Klutzy Cook Notes

– While the recipe calls for Italian sausages, any herb or garlic flavoured sausages would be just as nice.

Hope you enjoy the flavor of this Italian Sausage Pasta as much as we did.

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