Monday, April 18, 2011

Sausage & Peppers Pasta

The weather has a few stormy days possible this week so we took advantage of a nice (albeit HOT) evening to grill out tonight in case we can't do it later in the week.

This is my husbands invention and couldn't be easier - especially if you have someone else manning the grill!

2 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts (use 1 tonight, save the other for a salad later in the week)
2 links Italian Sausage (we do 1 hot and 1 mild to appease the kid - your choice)
1/2 Yellow Onion, sliced in half moons
1 Yellow Pepper, cut into strips
1 Green Pepper, cut into strips
2 cans diced tomatoes (don't drain) - we like the fire roasted
2 cloves of garlic - peel/smash but don't chop (EASY!)
Oregano, Basil & Thyme to taste (I grabbed it out of our garden - but a 1/2 tsp each of dried would be good)
Parmesan Cheese - to taste

Brush the chicken with olive oil and season with salt & pepper then grill it alongside the sausage until each is just cooked through. 

Cook the pasta (we used penne) to package directions.

In a disposable aluminium pan combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic and peppers.  Set this on the grill next to the meat and allow to cook the whole time.

When the chicken & sausage are cooked, slice them and toss into the sauce and cook another 5 minutes to combine the flavors.  Toss with the drained pasta (I do this right in the pot I cooked the pasta in - so it's still hot, and the pasta will soak up the juice/sauce).   If using fresh herbs, toss them in now along with a generous amount of parmesan cheese. 


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