Chicken/Sausage Pasta (15 Mins.)

15 Minute Meals and 3 Minute Abs

Dinner-time comes at roughly the same time each night – so can you tell me why there are some nights we look at the clock in complete and utter shock, “Oh my god!  It’s dinner-time, what are we going to do?!?”.   Imagine waking up one day, “Oh no! It’s Christmas Eve and I haven’t bought a single present!”.   The shock of dinner-time sneaks up on all of us and it happened to me tonight.  So I looked in my freezer and whipped this up with just a few ingredients in just 15 (not 30) minutes.  I guarantee it was faster than chicken nuggets and mac n’ cheese and required the same number of dishes.  I just wish I could get the same amazing results with 3 Minute Abs.

Pasta with Chicken/Sausage

  • Cook ¾ box of Pasta (add lots of salt to the water).
  • Take the meat out of the casing of 4 Italian Chicken Sausages (I only had 3 so I cut up a single chicken breast and added it in). 
  • Fry the sausage/chicken breaking into small pieces until it is cooked through.
  • Place the cooked pasta in a bowl and mix with the sausage/chicken.  Add about ½ cup of pasta water and ¼ cup of parmesan cheese.  Stir and serve!

Note:  You can cook some veggies with the meat (e.g., mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes).  Add salt/pepper and herbs to taste (e.g., parsley, basil). The flavor from the Fresh Market sausage alone was amazing!

How the Kids Can Help

  • Choose the pasta you will cook
  • Add salt to the pasta water
  • Identify some veggies to add to the meat
  • Taste the pasta to see if it’s cooked
  • Set the table/fill the drinks

Did You Know?

  • The family meal helps pre-schoolers develop better language skills (they may hear different words used at the table than they heard during the day).
  • The link between processed foods and cancer is being proven more every day.
  • Create Food Flexibility in your Family!  Life is so much easier when everyone eats the same healthy meal.
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