Penne with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pesto Chicken Sausages

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Remember when you used to pronounce penne as penny?

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Oh that wasn’t you? It was only me? Oh.

But remember when you thought it was actually pronounced pen?

. . . Wait, not you? Just me? Again? Oh.

Well did you know that in actuality it’s pronounced pennUHHOOTENANY?

I’m just kidding it’s not.

I’m just trying to see how many one-sentence paragraphs I can get away with before you throw me into a lion’s den.

And now we know it’s seven.

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Penne the tail on the pasta?

I’ll go ahead and throw myself in that lion’s den.

This is the situation: it’s Friday. It’s cold. You’re tired. I’m tired. (Truth be told, my babies only get up for 30 minutes per night, so I’m feeling quite rested and chipper as a dipper! . . . Lion’s den?) You need dinner on the TABLUH (I’m saying it like they say Sur La Table) like an hour ago (Actually, is it just pronounced Tab? Sur La Tab? But not like a bar TAB, but more like TUB? Teb? . . . Where’s a penne to sign for my tab? . . . Right, lion’s den.)

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Roast some brussels sprouts. Done.

Sauté some pesto flavored chicken sausages. Finito.

Boil some PINNAY PAWSTUH.

Throw in some cherry tomatoes, some fresh parmesan and skip to your frickin’ lou, man. Dinner. Dinne. Denne.

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Oh! Penne for your thoughts?

Lion’s den. K.

Penne with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pesto Chicken Sausages:

What it took for 4 to 6:

* 1 pound penne
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to drizzle at the end
* 1 pound brussels sprouts, sliced in half
* 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
* 4 pesto chicken sausage links (or your fave flavor), sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
* salt and pepper to taste
* freshly grated parmesan

Preheat the oven to 450.

On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the brussels sprouts with the olive oil and a good sprinkling of salt and pepper. Roast for about 30 minutes, or until softened and gorgeous. And roasted.

In a large wide skillet, sauté the sausages on a medium-high heat until browned on both sides, about 7 minutes.

In the meantime, cook the pasta in boiling water until al dente. Drain all but a cup of the pasta water.

In a large bowl, toss the penne with the roasted brussels sprouts, chicken sausages, cherry tomatoes, reserved pasta water, a pinch of salt and pepper, and another good drizzle of oil.

Top with fresh parmesan, duh.

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Serve with baby fingers.

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41 Responses to Penne with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pesto Chicken Sausages

  1. Marie @ Little Kitchie February 21, 2014 at 5:43 am #

    Can I have a bowl of this for breakfast?

  2. Caroline February 21, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    this looks stu-PENNE-dous!

    ….

    you (and those bebe fingers) kill me.

  3. Jen of My Tiny Oven February 21, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    Damn girl, you are not helping my carb cravings! This is pasta pefection!

  4. Ali | Gimme Some Oven February 21, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Sign me up! That looks amazing.

  5. Liz February 21, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    This looks delicious, Bev! Can’t wait to try it, minus the baby fingers

  6. DessertForTwo February 21, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    As usual, you made me laugh out loud. I can not read your posts in public for fear of looking like a lunatic. Wait, I don’t have that fear at all.

    Where did you buy the baby fingers? I’ve been searching all over for them. Farmer’s market?

  7. Erin L February 21, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Baby fingers!!!!! So sweet!!

  8. Paula – bell’alimento February 21, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    Too Funny! Love Love Love this pasta dish!

  9. Wenderly February 21, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

  10. Annika February 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Looks sooo good! I happen to love Brussels sprouts (no, not the soggy over steamed kind)! I would love to add or substitute the sausage for some Portobello or crimini mushrooms.

    I also love a quick, easy and delicious meal made from quality ingredients! Yum!

  11. Tieghan February 21, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    ALL OVER THIS!! So my kind of pasta, Bev!!

  12. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. February 21, 2014 at 11:09 pm #

    I totes also used to say penny. Whatever. It’s much cuter that way.

  13. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance February 22, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    Haha you are hilarious. I am making this for my boyfriend this week, he asked for pasta :)

  14. Emily @ Life on Food February 22, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Brussels sprouts are my favorite. .I love new recipes that use them.

  15. Maria G. February 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    Pasta is a universal product that can be combined almost with any vegetables and meat! That is why I like it so much. Any time you can invent a unique recipe of pasta. Brussels sprouts and cherry tomatoes is a perfect mix!

  16. Elise February 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    What brand chicken sausages did you use? Don’t think I’ve ever seen pesto flavored. Sounds delish!

    • Bev Weidner February 22, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      These were actually from Trader Joe’s! But Al Fresco has some really good flavors, too.

  17. Melanie February 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    Not only does this look amazing, but you are an absolute riot. Motherhood agrees with you. :)

  18. Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion February 24, 2014 at 6:28 am #

    your hilarious…. you deserve the funniest food blogger award… is that a thing? well I nominate you either way.

    And you are right… when its been a long week, I don’t want to fuss in the kitchen, thanks for the easy dinner..;)

  19. Kathy @ Olives & Garlic February 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    Penne and brussels sprouts together are fabulous. Love this recipe. Loving the baby fingers too.

  20. Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living February 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    I must eat pasta every week, but this is much more exciting than my boring, old spaghetti. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Kevin @ Closet Cooking February 24, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    What a tasty pasta!

  22. Meredith February 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Out of this would delicious!

  23. ATasteOfMadness February 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Haha, yeah.. I never know how to pronounce anything. I pretty much say every possible pronunciation to cover all my bases. I mean, one of them is bound to be right :p
    This looks SO good!

  24. Sarah February 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    This looks like the penne-ultimate dish. So yummy, and you made me laugh out loud. Those baby fingers look simply sweet, too!

  25. Amy February 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Trying not to snort with laughter as I read this from my desk.
    You certainly brightened up my morning :) I still can’t get over the meaning behind the word penne, and it reduces me to laughter every time someone says it.

  26. Megan {Country Cleaver} February 26, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    I love our mind meld on roasted brussles sprouts and pasta. Get out of my head, BEV!!! No, don’t.

  27. Laurie {Simply Scratch} February 28, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    Looks amazing!! And baby fingers are my favorite!! ;)

  28. Rachel - De Ma Cuisine March 5, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    Golly you are funny. Thanks for that. Needed a laugh right now.

  29. Nutmeg Nanny March 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    “Penne the tail on the pasta”, that is writing gold Bev. This looks crazy delicious, I can’t resist a good brussel sprout dish ;)

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