#recipechallenge Part 2

One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Pasta Skillet

Well, I followed through on my personal challenge! If you are new to the blog, last week I wanted to experiment with new recipes that included ingredients I already had in my kitchen. My husband and I tend to cook the same items week after week, and needed to add some variety. A satisfying meal should be spent around the dining room table, technology-free, with those you love engaged in great conversation at least once a week. Even with hectic schedules and 12+ hour days, we manage to accomplish this. I hope you can, too!

I stumbled across this tasty recipe buried in my Healthy Meals & Snacks Pinterest board from Yellow Bliss Road (check out this post about my love for Pinterest!). I had ALL the ingredients on her list, except for the Hillshire Farm sausage. But, that’s an easy fix and I was at the grocery store already when I was skimming through my pins deciding on the #recipechallenge meal for the week.

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The recipe was easy to follow and the ingredients list includes common kitchen staples like: minced garlic, shredded cheese, onion, salt, tomatoes, and chicken broth… I was a bit disappointed that I only had generic bow-tie noodles and not a box from my new fav noodle brand, Ancient Harvest: Quinoa Products. I wouldn’t classify this skillet as super healthy, as it includes processed sausage.

Here is my experience!

Time to cook sausage and onions: 15 minutes (this got really “soupy” and I actually had to drain the water from the onions so it would continue to cook)

Time to cook with noodles: 15 minutes (there was still liquid that hadn’t evaporate into the noodles, so add about 5 more minutes here)

Time to devour my plate: Ha, not long! It was warm, cheesy (I added more cheese than specified), and filling. There are some necessary tweeks I needed to make along the way to keep the skillet from becoming soupy, as I wanted a thick, hearty meal.

And the hubby says: “The noodles probably could have been cooked before being added to the skillet. A few I bit into seemed like they could have used a few more minutes to soak up the broth. But, it was really good!

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All in all, Yellow Bliss Road provided us with another meal to add to a successful #recipechallenge. There were plenty of leftovers after we each ate a heaping helping at dinner. We will definitely be making this skillet again in the future. I hope you try it out and if so, let me know what you tasted!

Stay tuned for next week’s recipe!

xx Jen

**this is not a sponsored post – all opinions are my own

 

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