Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tagliatelle with Chicken Sausage, Mushrooms, Arugula & Pine Nuts

Don't you love it when you throw a bunch of stuff together and it turns out tasting really, really good? I was craving pasta and sausage and I threw them together with a bunch of things I needed to use up in the fridge and added a quick lemony cream sauce. The result; a delicious dinner (and lunch the next day). Lots of great flavors and textures. Is it healthy? Not really, I used some cream for the sauce, but with all the good stuff in it you don't need a lot of sauce and it is yummy, quick and easy.

Tagliatelle with Chicken Sausage, Mushrooms, Arugula & Pine Nuts
serves 2

1 small package fresh Tagliatelle pasta (or pasta shape of your choice)
2 chicken sausages (I used Safeway's O-Organics Chicken & Portabello Mushroom Sausages)
1 Tbsp olive oil or butter
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms (I used some local shitake mushrooms)
1/3 cup cream or half & half
1 lemon--juice and zest
3/4 cup arugula, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
chopped flat leaf parsley and grated fresh Parmesan to garnish

Bring about 6 cups of water to boil for pasta. Meanwhile brown chicken sausages in medium skillet or pan, (about 3-4 minutes per side over medium heat) and set aside. Add butter or olive oil to pan sausage was cooked in and cook mushrooms over medium heat about 5 minutes. Meanwhile toast pine nuts in a small pan over medium heat until browned, stirring or "tossing" in pan frequently being careful not to burn them (about 5 minutes). Add cream, lemon juice and zest to mushrooms and stir, simmer for 5 minutes. Cook pasta (about 3 minutes for fresh) and drain. Meanwhile slice sausage into 1/4" slices. Add sliced sausage and arugula to pasta sauce and cook until arugula is just wilted. Add salt and pepper to sauce to taste. Place cooked, drained pasta on a plate or bowl, top with sauce mixture and garnish with toasted pine nuts, chopped flat leaf parsley and grated or shaved Parmesan cheese and serve.


  1. ad-libs that work are always a delicious thing :) looks delish!

  2. Sounds delicious! I like the last picture on the fork!

  3. Kat & Michelle--it was pretty darn good. I am craving it again.

    The fork picture was me playing around with the camera--but it turned out kind of neat.

  4. Deb-your dinner always always looks better than my dinner. What time can I show up tommorow night? :)

  5. Prudy--Come anytime--as long as you bring that chocolate pudding ice cream I keep drooling over on your site!


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