Clean out the Fridge, Sausage and Pasta

Total Time
45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

Similar recipes to this are out there, but its such a favorite of mine I just wanted to post it. I never got this from any specific recipe, just cleaned out the fridge on day with things that sounded good. You can add anything to this, but I find it helpful to get a few different types of sausage. I'm not sure just how long this takes as its slightly different every time depending on what I have in the fridge. My husband and I get about 2 meals out of this. Dinner and lunch the next day. It depends if we eat it with something else like salad or bread or just on its own, and how hungry we are. It will freeze as well.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cook pasta in boiling, salted water. Drain and set aside.
  2. Slice sausage into bite sized pieces. I skin mine ahead of time because I don't like the skin. Cook on medium-high in large frying pan until cooked through. Remove sausage onto plate but do not drain any fat from pan.Turn down to medium heat.
  3. Chop peppers, tomato and mushrooms into bite sized pieces (approx 1 inch).
  4. Chop garlic finely.
  5. Add olive oil to pan along with garlic and sautee for 1-2 minutes. Do not let burn. Add veggies to pan and sautee until softened.
  6. Add sausage back into pan and mix together. Cook for 5 minutes to let juices combine.
  7. Add pasta to pan and toss together.
  8. Add seasonings to taste.
  9. Serve. If you want this for more people, serve with salad or breads. If its only 2-4 can be serves on its own.
Most Helpful

5 5

With the exception of using merguez (a spicy Moroccan sausage) instead of the chorizo, and a generic Israeli sausage instead of the Italian, I didn't really make any major substitutions. This is a great way to clean out your vegetable drawer. I just added a little fresh coriander (since that was sitting in there as well). The only change I would make would be to add some onion. It was great for dinner and even better tossed into some Tupperware and nuked at the office the next day.