Thursday, August 23, 2012

Linguine w/ Spicy Sausage and Squash

This evening I put together a quick dinner that used up some of the odds and ends I had leftover in the fridge.  It turned out really delicious too.  I had two hot Italian turkey sausage links left from making lasagna Sunday night and several yellow squash left that I didn't use when making last night's squash casserole as well as a few extra zucchinis I didn't use for Sunday night's lasagna.  I also had 1/2 a jar of leftover Fireworks spicy spaghetti sauce.  I put it all together and "voila"...Linguine w/ Spicy Sausage and Squash was born!

I removed the sausage from the casings and browned it in a sauce pan while I diced up 2 yellow squash.  Once the sausage was browned well, I tossed in the diced squash, stirred then covered and cooked on low-medium for about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally until the squash was tender.  I poured the 1/2 jar of sauce over the mixture, covered and let simmer on low for about 15 minutes.  I used my Spirelli (which has 2 different widths) to make "zucchini linguine" using the slightly wider version that looks like linguine.  I sauteed my "linguine" in a little olive oil until "al dente" and then served it in big pasta bowls ladled with the spicy sausage and squash sauce.  I topped with Parmigiano Reggiano and some fresh basil...and "dinner was served".  Sometimes the best meals end up being the ones you just toss together as you go without any recipe.  I love cooking my meals at home because I ALWAYS get to "have it my way"...(sorry Burger King).  :-)  I snapped a pic of my quick and easy meal below.  Enjoy!


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