30 Minute Skillet Dinner: Noodles With Veggies and Italian Chicken Sausages
Thirty minutes is actually generous. You can make this skillet dinner in less time if you're quick with the chopping or have chopped onions and garlic on hand. The skillet dinner is simple to do. Just saute some pre-cooked Italian chicken sausages and onions in a skillet, then add water and noodles to the same pot. When the water has cooked down and the noodles are almost tender, add fresh tomatoes, herbs, and cheese. I use spaghetti noodles in the version you see in the picture, but you can use the noodles you have on hand. Linguine, penne, or ziti all work well. I also used a mixture of tomatoes, but use what you have. The dish is simple to make, and it tastes good. The skillet meal also makes great lunches if you have any left over. Enjoy!
Skillet Noodles With Veggies and Italian Chicken Sausages -- Serves 4
1 tablespoon of olive oil
12-16 ounce package of Italian-style pre-cooked chicken sausages (or turkey)
1/2 a medium onion, chopped
4-5 cloves of chopped garlic
3 1/2 cups of hot water
8 ounces of spaghetti noodles (or other pasta)
1 pint of cherry or similar small tomatoes, halved
1 large handful of parsley, chopped (or use basil, if you like, or a combination)
Salt and pepper
1 cup of shaved Parmesan cheese, divided
Heat a large skillet or chef's pan over medium-high heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the sausages and onion to the pan and saute them for about five minutes to brown the sausages a bit and soften the onion. Add the garlic to the pan and saute it with the sausages and onion for a minute or so. Add the hot water to the pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the noodles to the pan and bring the mixture back to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and partially cover the pan. Let the mixture cook for about 10 minutes, stirring it periodically, until the noodles are almost soft and have absorbed all but about a cup of the water (if you need to add a little more water to the pan, go ahead). Stir in the tomatoes and let the mixture cook a few minutes more. Turn off the heat and stir in the parsley and half of the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste (I don't bother usually, because the sausages and cheese have a fair amount of salt/seasonings in them). Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the noodles and sausages and serve.