Friday, January 31, 2014

Hot Italian Sausage and Brussels Sprouts 'Assemble'

My niece had made this dish and posted it on Facebook, it looked yummy and I asked her for the recipe. She said it was more of an 'assemble' than a recipe since she just threw some things together, but she told me what she did. I did pretty much what she did except I threw in some sun dried tomatoes along with the oil it comes in, love that stuff. And I used Orecchiette pasta, but seashell pasta works too. Serve with crispy french bread and a side salad. YUMMO!

Hot Italian Sausage and Brussels Sprouts 'Assemble'
1 package fresh Brussels Sprouts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Clean the sprouts and cut in half lengthwise. Place in bowl and drizzle a tablespoon or two of Olive oil over the sprouts, add dash or two of salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Place sprouts on a parchment lined cookie sheet and spread out evenly. Roast in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes. 
1 package Johnsonville Hot Italian sausage, casings removed.1/2 large onion, diced
1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic
2 Tablespoons chopped Sun dried tomatoes in oil
about 5 fresh basil leaves or 3 Tablespoons fresh basil that comes in a tube (roll the leaves up together and slice into thin strips, this is called Chiffonading)
1 Tablespoon of butter
1/4 cup (or more) grated Parmesan cheese
2 or 3 cups uncooked Oreccchiette or seashell pasta

While your sprouts are roasting, brown your sausage by removing from casings and placing into a large skillet. Cook over medium high heat, chopping up with a spatula while browning. While your sausage is cooking, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and set aside. When sausage is almost browned through, drain fat then add the diced onion, garlic, and sun dried tomatoes with a little of the oil, continue to cook and stir occasionally until the onions are tender. Then add your basil, cooked pasta, and roasted Brussels Sprouts; stir to heat through. If needed add the tablespoon butter stirring to melt and make a little sauce; then add in the Parmesan cheese tossing to combine.

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