Your Weekday Suppers don't have to be difficult or boring. This pasta dish is on the table in no time and will fill you up PLUS please your taste buds!
Pesto has become a bit of a touchy subject at my house lately. I am, and always have been, a HUGE fan of anything pesto. But a couple years ago Kevin told me that he didn't really like pesto. Yes, it was a sad day for me. Because of that I shied away from making a lot of things that used it. Oh I didn't stop making it, trust me that wasn't going to happen. I just made it occasionally so I didn't feel bad about making him eat something he had clearly told me he was not fond of.
Over the last couple of years I have subjected him to Pesto and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts,Pesto Stuffed Pork Chops, Grilled Pesto, Mozzarella, and Tomato Sammies, Linguine with Chicken, Tomatoes and Spinach Pesto, Cilantro Pesto Pasta, Creamy Pesto Shrimp Rolls, Garlic Scape Pesto Crostini, and Green Chile Pesto Breakfast Bruschetta, just to mention a few. Every time I made one of these dishes I would worry a bit while waiting for him to taste it. He never complained, and even told me that he enjoyed them. So what in the heck?
Then, while I was making this dish, he wandered into the kitchen asking what was for dinner. I told him and then quickly added, "I know your not a big fan of pesto though". He looked at me like I had said he was going to murder puppies or something. I mean like seriously shocked that I said such a thing about him.
"Why would you say that? I can't believe you said that!"
My brain says, "Uummmm Geeezzz it is only pesto here".
I actually say, "Well, because you told me quite some time ago that you didn't like pesto....ummmm so I figured you didn't like pesto."
"Noooo I just don't really like pesto on sandwiches".
"Ooohhhhh OK, you made that so clear to me, my bad".
Anyway, our personal pesto drama aside, this is one fantabulous pesto dish. You can use regular sweet Italian sausage if you don't want spice, but I highly recommend you make it with the spicy sausage. It really isn't super hot, but that spice? Ohhh ya baby!!
Bottom line this is quick, easy, and full of flavor. Perfect for a weeknight dinner!
Pasta with Spicy Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
- 1 pound penne pasta
- 1 pound spicy Italian sausage
- Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
- Fresh basil leaves
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions, saving a cup or two of the starchy pasta water.
- Meanwhile cook the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, using a wooden spoon to break it up into small chunks.
- Add the pesto to the sausage and stir to combine.
- Add the drained pasta to the skillet, and toss to coat the pasta. Add the starchy pasta water as needed to get the sauce to your desired constancy.
- Garnish with basil.
Total time: 15 mins.
Tags: beef, Italian sausage, pasta, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, #WeekdaySupper, Main Dishes, 10 Ingredients or Less,
Here are some other great Weekday Supper ideas.
Monday - Pasta with Spicy Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto by Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Tuesday - Apple Butter Chicken by Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Wednesday - Crockpot Spicy Chicken & Rice by The Foodie Army Wife
Thursday - Creamy Pumpkin Pasta by The Messy Baker
Friday - Grilled Swordfish with Garlic Soy Marinade by Cooking Chat