We have been on a pasta kick recently in our house, and tonight we spiced things up and made this incredible Roasted Sausage & Veggies over Pasta.
Recently, my job title as mom blogger has been promoted to mom blogger and homeschooler. We are all adapting to our new normal, but it certainly comes with new challenges and frustrations. And coming up with ideas for quick, delicious meals has become more important than ever!
Our pasta kick may have to do with the fact that we have a limited supply of fresh grocery items at our fingertips. But it also might be that the one thing we KNOW our kids will eat is pasta! It’s truly the little things that carry us through these tough times!
Roasted Sausage for the win!
Sausage always goes over pretty well in our house. It’s not something we have too terribly often, so it’s a bit of a treat when we do!
We typically cook sausage on the stove, but this time we roasted it with some veggies in the oven, and it was a lot easier. Here’s how it played out.
Step 1: Preheat oven & slice, slice, slice!
Set your oven temperature to 425 degrees. Slice onion, peppers, tomatoes and sausage.
Note: Slice sausage into thin, quarter-sized pieces so they cook faster.
Step 2: TOSS WITH OIL & SEASONINGS IN BOWL
In a big bowl, combine veggies, sausage, oil and seasonings. Mix together.
Step 3: Prep your tray of veggies & sausage!
Spread your veggies and sausage on a foil- lined and greased pan. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through!
Step 4: Prep your pasta
Fill a pot with water, add salt, and bring to boil. Cook pasta. Drain pasta, return to pot, and toss with oil.
Step 5: REMOVE PAN FROM OVEN AND SERVE VEGGIES/SAUSAGE OVER PASTA
Remove pan from oven. Scoop some sausage and veggies over your pasta.
As a finishing touch, top your dish with some freshly grated parmesan!
How kids can help make this dish
This dish involves many kid-friendly tasks. Here are some ways for your lil’ sous chefs to help out:
- Chop! Kids can help chop the veggies for this dish. We’re big fans of these Curious Chef kid-safe knives.
- Season! Measuring out the salt & pepper is a great, easy task for kids to take on.
- Taste! Ask kids to taste the noodles to check and see if they’re done cooking.
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Final Tips To ensure smooth sailing!
Mimi’s Cooking Tips:
Check out these tricks and shortcuts from our in-house expert/Mom:
🍅 Freeze it! This is actually a tip from Johnsonville. Put your sausages in the freezer like 15-20 minutes before you’re ready to cook. It will be MUCH easier to cut them when they’re firmer. Of course, I discovered this tip after I cooked! Boo.
🍅 Slice meat thin, into quarter-sized pieces to ensure it cooks quickly.
🍅 Control grease. The roasted sausage generates some excess oil, which can help flavor the pasta. But if it’s too much grease for you, you can scoop your sausage/veggies onto a paper towel before topping the pasta.
🍅 Keep it mild! Even mild Italian sausage has some kick. So, make sure what you buy is not medium or spicy/hot. We all know what kids’ heat tolerance looks like!
OUR “kidify” Tips:
Have picky eaters? Check out these tips:
🍅Don’t mix it up! We chose not to mix the roasted sausage and veggies into the pasta just in case our kids couldn’t deal. Lol. Then, you have the option to plate the pasta and sausage/veggies separate on your kids’ plates.
🍅Add a side dish! Garlic bread or a side salad would be a great addition to this meal.
- 1 yellow bell pepper (sliced)
- 1 red bell pepper (sliced)
- 1/2 onion (sliced or chopped)
- 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
- 4-6 mild Italian sausage links (sliced into "coins")
- cooking spray
- 2 T olive oil (divided)
- 1 1/2 t salt (divided)
- 1/2 t black pepper
- 7-8 oz linguine noodles
- parmesan cheese (grated or shredded)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. While heating, cut veggies and sausage.
Place chopped veggies and sausage in a large bowl. Pour 1 T of the olive oil, 1 t of the salt, and full pepper over the bowl contents. Mix until evenly coated.
Line a cooking sheet with tinfoil and coat lightly with cooking spray. Spread sausage and veggies evenly over cooking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping sausage and veggies over halfway through. [Make sure sausage is cooked through and veggies are soft].
Meanwhile, fill a large pot with water, add the remaining 1/2 t of salt, and bring to a boil. Cook pasta according to directions on package. Drain pasta, return to pot and coat/toss with remaining 1 T olive oil.
Plate noodles with sausage & veggie mix atop, sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
Serve roasted sausage and veggie mix over the pasta, with parmesan sprinkled atop.
We recommend all meals for children be served with milk.
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