Bucatini with Chicken Sausages and Garden Veggies

You know what the old saying is, don’t you? “When your garden has a high birthrate, immediately add to carbohydrates.”

Oh you didn’t learn that in the school of lessons and life? Yeah, it was right after we learned that throwing empty locust shells on your little sister at bath time would prooooobably land you in time-out until, oh, NOW.

But it was right BEFORE we learned that plucking too many of your eyebrow hairs because you really want to look “old Hollywood” and glamorous like Greta Garbo would proooooobably end up having you look like a terrified hooker.


Yes, and it was a little bit after we learned that getting stuck in a bathroom because you can’t turn the knob due to the hand lotion you just applied and you panic like a total dimwit until your voice goes completely hoarse because you think you’ll be spending the last of your days in this tiny room, is not smart. Just wipe the hand lotion off and exit the room, for crying out loud.


But it was also before we learned that climbing on top of the performance arts building on your college campus in the middle of the night and changing the letters on the marque from “Guys and Dolls” to “That Gerbil Just Goosed Me” is highly frowned upon by the authorities.


Not that I would know about any of the above lessons mentioned.

I want to learn this lesson over and over and over. And over.

And over.

Bucatini with Chicken Sausage and Garden Veggies:

What it took for 4:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
* 4 links chicken sausage (I used Spicy Italian), sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
* 1 medium zucchini, diced
* 1 cup green beans, diced
* 1 cup dehydrated tomatoes
* 1 pound bucatini pasta
* 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
* 1 lemon
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* fresh basil for garnish (optional)

Heat 1 Tbs. oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add the chicken sausages and sauté until browned on both sides, about 7 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Add the remaining Tbs. oil to the pan. Add the zucchini and green beans. Season with salt and pepper and sauté for about 6 minutes, until you see browning.

Add the tomatoes and toss to coat.

In the meantime, cook the bucatini until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water and drain the rest. Add the pasta to the skillet and toss with the veggies. Add the chicken sausages back in (along with any accumulated juices), cheese and lemon juice; toss to coat. Add some pasta water to create a thin sauce if desired. Just eyeball it until you love what you see. Then give it one more final drizzle of oil and sprinkle of salt and pepper, I MEAN WHY NOT.

Serve with freshly chopped basil and more cheese and lemon and I’m starving.

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29 Responses to Bucatini with Chicken Sausages and Garden Veggies

  1. Ashley June 29, 2012 at 8:23 am #
    This looks beautiful, Bev! I'd take a lesson in carbohydrates every day if my garden was as bumping as yours. Ok... If I had any garden at all.
  2. Villy @ For the love of Feeding June 29, 2012 at 8:28 am #
    This totally registers as a salad in my mind.. :)
  3. Amy @ Elephant Eats June 29, 2012 at 8:39 am #
    This sounds so simple and delicious! And I'm totally jealous of the gorgeous light you get in your kitchen (or whatever room you're in) to take photos. Haha, thanks for the life lessons ;)
  4. Megan @ Country Cleaver June 29, 2012 at 8:48 am #
    The first time I couldn't get out of a bathroom or room because of lotion on my hands I had a panic attack - the dimwit was strong in me that day…lessons learned indeed. This is also a worthwhile lesson I'll take notes on, devour, and then write a dissertation on.Beautimus.
  5. JulieD June 29, 2012 at 9:07 am #
    Love love this! You know that I don't eat pork? I love chicken sausage & this looks the most perfect summery pasta dish!
  6. Wenderly June 29, 2012 at 9:07 am #
    Perfect summer dish!
  7. Heather June 29, 2012 at 9:52 am #
    i am dying over the throwing locust shells at your sister part! i did so many things to my sister growing up and after reading that is it bad that i was thinking, "man, that would have been hilarious...why didn't i think of that?" yes, i'm 28. what of it? :)
  8. Tracey Evans June 29, 2012 at 10:01 am #
    I love chicken sausages! Great combo with the veggies! :)
  9. Katie June 29, 2012 at 10:34 am #
    I used to hide locust shells in my mom's car and wait for her to sit on them and then squeeeeal in delight. I think this little lesson about gardens and carbs would have gone over much better in my 8 year old world.
    • Bev Weidner June 29, 2012 at 11:03 am #
      Oh my gosh, it makes my whole entire life to know someone else in the world tormented loved ones with hideous dead insect shells too.
  10. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray June 29, 2012 at 11:30 am #
    This, m'dear, is my perfect summer meal. Yum!
  11. Averie @ Averie Cooks June 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm #
    Perfect summer dinner. Now if only my dinners looked so pretty!
  12. brandi June 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm #
    ooh, locust shells were the best part of summer. we would plant them all over the place at my mammaw's house to scare her.
  13. IdaBaker June 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm #
    What is there not to love with this dinner. Color, texture, full flavor, and healthy, too. I'm looking forward to cooking this one!!
  14. The Purple Carrot June 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm #
    Looks fabulous, as always!!
  15. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm #
    That is my kind of pasta, it looks perfect for summer! Just wish I had all those veggies growing in my garden this year.
  16. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm #
    Love everything about this! It's simple, easy, and chockfull of veggies. And oh yeah, it has carbs :)
  17. Tarin June 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm #
    Imagine my surprise when I took pesto chicken sausage out of the freezer this morning without a clue to do with it and then opened my google reader to find that you read my mind. I just finished eating it (with cherry tomatoes instead of dehydrated) and it was soooooo good. Thanks for having a delicious/creepy, telepathetic mind connection with a stranger!
  18. Julie @ Table for Two June 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm #
    there is nothing I don't love about this!
  19. Mande @ The Newfound Foodie June 30, 2012 at 7:12 am #
    Well, I know what I'll be making once my town's farmer's market opens next Sunday!
  20. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids June 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm #
    I love your life lessons. They all made me smile, knowing that you have always had your amazing sense of humor. This pasta looks amazing. It is a lessons that I could totally wrap my brain around!
  21. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. July 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm #
    holy wow! This looks so good! Have a great week ahead!
  22. Lisa | With Style and Grace July 2, 2012 at 9:54 am #
    this MIGHT actually be a dish that would get me to eat veggies!
  23. marla July 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm #
    Extra sausage for me please!
  24. Amy January 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm #
    Hey lady! I am just now seeing this recipe (thank you Pinterest) and wanted to ask you about the chicken sausage. We actually have a local mom and pop business (Webb's Products Inc.) that produces chicken sausage, but I've been slightly more than hesitant to try it. I'm skeered. You make it look sooooo yummy. Can you tell it's chicken? For realz, man. Honest.
  25. Quinn April 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm #
    Hi Bev! I made this last night - used jalapeno chicken sausage & mushrooms, red pepper, and heirloom tomatoes instead of the veggies you used, but ZOMG. Utter perfection and heaven in my mouuuuth. Pretty sure I ate it in about 2.3 seconds. Thank you!
  26. Jen Renee February 12, 2018 at 9:20 pm #
    Another winner! I substituted a carton of cherry tomatoes for dehydrated ones, used whole grain pasta, and added a little garlic salt, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Fantastic! Thanks for another great recipe!!!


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