Before I get to this delicious recipe, I have to confess something. We've been to the local farmer's market several times here but have bought almost nothing. Why? Well, I'm a planner. But every time we go to the market I always seem to think I'll be inspired by what's available and I'll just come up with some recipe off the top of my head. Well that doesn't happen for me. I just end up getting overwhelmed by the variety and amount of goods available and I don't know what to buy and make. So this time I went with a plan. I wanted to make a pasta dish that would have a marinara sauce (because I already had a jar of sauce in my pantry). I just needed a few more ingredients to really "beef" it up, pun intended.
I ended up picking up pasta from Gourmet Texas Pasta, beef sausage from Startz Cattle Company, bread from Sol y Luna Baking Company, goat cheese from CKC Farms, and pesto spreads from Humble House Foods. It was such a fabulous and easy meal that I wanted to share it with you so you can recreate it at home! I understand that not everyone has access to the specific companies that produced the ingredients I used, but I encourage you to find local producers in your area who make similar items. This recipe is easily adjusted to create a dish all your own with your own local flavors. Sausage Pasta Servings: 7-8 24 ounces spinach basil garlic pasta (simple spinach pasta works great too!) 1 Tablespoon olive oil 16 ounces smoked beef sausage links, sliced 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1/4 cup red wine 24 ounces marinara sauce Parmesan cheese, as garnish 1. Prepare pasta as directed while you make the rest of this recipe. Once cooked, drain and set aside. 2. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in the sausage link slices and red bell pepper. Allow them to brown. Stir only occasionally to make sure both sides brown well. Stir in red wine and de-glaze the bottom of the pan (scrapping the tasty bits off the bottom!). 3. Reduce heat and add in the marinara sauce. Heat the sauce through. Once hot, stir in pasta and serve immediately. Top with Parmesan cheese. Tips and Tricks -If you are NOT using the spinach basil garlic pasta (which is amazingly flavorful) I encourage you to add a little garlic and basil to your spinach pasta to give it a little extra flavor. -Don't be afraid of giving your sausage link slices some good, deep color. That's where the flavor is! -In the recipe, as written, the sauce is not abundant, and this is on purpose. We prefer to have everything in balance. That means not too much sauce. However if you love it saucy, feel free to increase the amount of marinara! #recipe #savory #delicious #shoplocal #eatlocal #pasta #simple #beef #cooking #cook #newrecipe