Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage Pasta

It’s Five Ingredient Friday!

But first we need to talk.

Okay. I swear I wasn’t aware of it at the time. I wasn’t. But when I sat down to edit my photos, the one right below in particular, I saw it. And I laughed. And laughed. And laughed and laughed and laughed. And nearly barfed. And then got nervous about our relationship.

No one should ever photograph sausages. Or at least I shouldn’t. Ever ever ever. The embarrassing thing is that I’ve probably photographed them 26,375 times on this internet blog website URL and never thought diddly do da about it!

Like, I’m so icked out my eyeballs are bleeding.

But hold on! Let me tell you why I did it. I get these sun-dried tomato chicken sausages from Trader Joe’s, and in person they’re seriously gorgeous, which is totally disturbing to vocalize, but they are. So I have no idea why they look so disgusting on camera. Well, I do. I mean, they’re sausages for crying out loud. And we’re done talking about this, aren’t we?

It’s Five Ingredient Friday!

Okay one more thing before we move forward. The garlic in the above picture was not harmed in the making of this pasta dish. The sausage aroma taekwondo’d my nostrils so hard, out it came. But I replaced the garlic with a criznap ton of parmesan cheese, so we’re still coo, right? Coo, coo.


It’s Five Ingredient Friday!

Onetwothreefourfive, people. Das it. One through five.

One – sun-dried tomato chicken sausages. BAM.

Two – baby kale and spinach mix. BOOM.

Three – dehydrated (or sun-dried) tomatoes. BANG.

Four – fettuccine. BING.

Five – Parmesan cheese like a mo’fo’. BARNG.



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Let’s get to know each other.

It’s Five Ingredient Fri! – okay.

Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage Pasta:

What it took for 4:

* 4 sun-dried tomato chicken sausages, casings removed (got mine from Trader Joe’s)
* 6 cups baby kale and spinach mix
* 1/2 cup dehydrated (or sun-dried) tomatoes
* 8 fettuccine nests (or a pound of pasta)
* 1/2 cup grated fresh parmesan, plus more for garnish

Heat a large skillet over medium high. Add the chicken sausages and break up using a wooden spoon; brown all over.

Add the baby greens and dehydrated tomatoes; toss to wilt greens.

In the meantime, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the fettuccine until al dente. Reserve about 1/2 cup of pasta water and drain the rest.

Add the pasta to the sausage skillet and toss toss toss to combine. Add as much pasta water as you need to make a sauce. Add the parmesan and toss some more. See that nice color? ugh.

Taste it. I mean, the chicken sausages are so full of flavor, but if it needs a little salt, ger fer ert.

Serve and annihilate.

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24 Responses to Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage Pasta

  1. Villy @ For the love of Feeding September 28, 2012 at 7:23 am #
    BOING! Amazing. :)
  2. Elaine September 28, 2012 at 7:25 am #
    Haha you are SO right about the sausages. Thank God they taste good- it redeems their less than desirable appearance. Great recipe!!
  3. Julia September 28, 2012 at 7:55 am #
    Despite sausage not being photogenic, it looks dang delish in the pasta.
  4. Cathy @ Noble Pig September 28, 2012 at 8:36 am #
    I wish Trader Joe's close! These sound amazing even though they are weird when whole:0.
  5. claire @ the realistic nutritionist September 28, 2012 at 8:40 am #
    Oh they aren't ugly. They are pretty on the inside!! :) Love this!
  6. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite September 28, 2012 at 8:44 am #
    Haha I love this post. I hate when you take photos and then when you edit you realize something looks off. I have a picture where I posted some chicken with mustard and the mustard literally looks like dog crap. NO JOKE!
  7. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray September 28, 2012 at 9:32 am #
    Bam. Dinner.
  8. GingerMae September 28, 2012 at 10:00 am #
    Do you roll up your fettucini like that or are they packaged that way? I ask because they look so good I just want to pick them up and eat them like a morning bun!
    • Bev Weidner September 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm #
      They came like that! Little nests. I thiiiink the brand was Colivita, if that helps!
  9. Julie @ Table for Two September 28, 2012 at 10:18 am #
    i'm in love with sun dried tomatoes in any pasta - this should be my dinner tonight if i can manage to get out of bed lol
  10. Averie @ Averie Cooks September 28, 2012 at 11:10 am #
    Sun drieds are one of my fave things ! Love those little red wrinkly goodies!
  11. Kathy Steger September 28, 2012 at 11:26 am #
    Yummmmmmm. Love chicken sausage. Such an appetizing post. :)
  12. Christina @ Be Mindful. Be Human. September 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm #
    Photographing sausage can be tough sometimes. Stacking them might have given it a better chance of not looking so gross...or not. Love the recipe though.
  13. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel September 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm #
    It coulda been worse... you could've been making meatballs too :)
  14. Cassie September 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm #
    5 ingredient Fridays...keep 'em coming. Love this!
  15. nicole b. September 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm #
    I saw a couple sausages in the movie Hall Pass. They, too, did not look good on film.
  16. Katie @ Blonde Ambition September 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm #
    Haha, ohhhhhh sausage. My boyfriend's mom sent him home with some fresh sausage earlier this week. He doesn't cook, but he said he's going to make it for me for dinner. I literally just e-mailed him this post and said "MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THAT"
  17. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm #
    I want this now - holy cow does it look good!
  18. Tracey Evans September 28, 2012 at 7:55 pm #
    Oh I think the pics look great!! I am ready to make this! YUMMY! :)
  19. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. September 28, 2012 at 10:51 pm #
    BLOOP! This looks pretty tasty!
  20. Megan @ Country Cleaver September 29, 2012 at 10:18 am #
    Totes diggin' the sausage - no matter what it looks like. And hilarious is one word for it. :)
  21. Kevin (Closet Cooking) September 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm #
    So simple and yet full of flavour!
  22. DessertForTwo September 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm #
    I'm so excited for 5-ingredient Fridays! I can barely count to 5 by the time Friday rolls around, so maybe 4 ingredients every now and then, mmk? ;) If anyone can make sausages photogenic, it's you. I think you did! If I photographed them, people would say "please don't pick up things from the gutter and photograph it."
  23. KDCUK October 1, 2012 at 11:07 am #
    This pasta looks immense. I'm commenting from the UK, and I think I'm just going to have to scour the country for some of those sausages! John @KDCUK

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