Easy healthy pasta recipe

I’m ways looking for quick and easy recipes that the kids will eat and that I can feel good about cooking for them. Last week I found myself with a stash of veggies, some Turkey Italian Sausage, and some Barilla Plus Penne Rigatte pasta. Here’s what I came up with:

3-4 links Turkey Italian Sausage
1 TBL extra virgin olive oil
2 red peppers – chopped
2 yellow peppers – chopped
1 medium or large yellow onion – chopped
1 jar prepared pasta sauce (or homemade if you make your own)
1 clove garlic – crushed and thinly sliced
1 splash of Italian red wine for deglazing (Sangiovese is the bomb in this)
1 box Barilla Plus Penne Rigatte pasta
Red pepper flakes to taste
Salt to taste

Remove italian sausage from casing and brown in the olive oil
Add garlic, onion, red and yellow peppers and pepper flakes- saute for 3-5 minutes
Deglaze the pan with wine – making sure to scrape up the “brown bits” with a wooden spoon
Add pasta sauce to veggie/sausage blend
Check seasoning and add sale or red pepper flakes as needed
Reduce heat to simmer

Prepare pasta per instructions in the box
Drain pasta
Add sauce/veggie/sausage blend to pasta and stir well

Serve with a green salad and crusty Italian bread

Quick Recipe -Asian Sesame Veggie Slaw

I just whipped up an awesome slaw for lunch and I wanted to share it – it’s super easy and so healthy my body didn’t know quite what to do with it. Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 parts cabbage (green or napa) shredded
  • 1 part carrots grated
  • 1 part celery thinly sliced on an angle
  • 1/2 part red onion very thinly sliced
  • 2-3 TBL Feast from the East Asian Sesame Salad Dressing or other favorite Sesame Vinaigrette
  • salt and pepper to taste (none needed really)

Combine in a bowl – toss with dressing – serve

This one is great with grilled meats, sandwiches, etc.