I had tried quinoa pasta last year and wanted to introduce it to “Mr. Special”. I like that quinoa pasta, unlike other types of pasta, has zero cholesterol, very low sodium and low fat. And for a lot of people, it is gluten-free.
I decided to also use a brand of chicken sausage that I had not used yet. We love chicken sausage. Great flavor and better for you than pork sausage.
Since Johnsonville has always been a great brand of pork sausage that I have enjoyed and I discovered that they were now putting out a chicken sausage. And an Italian 3-Cheese chicken sausage! I had to try it and add it in a new quick and easy recipe.
“Mr. Special” wanted seconds, so I knew he liked this dish. The chicken sausage was moist and juicy and filled with cheese and bold flavors. Very nice addition to the dish. Here’s the recipe. Hope your family enjoys this quick and easy recipe that’s healthier than the ordinary sausage and pasta meal.
Italian Chicken Sausage Topped Quinoa Pasta
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
2 chicken sausage links, cooked per package instructions (this recipe used Johnsonville 3 Cheese Italian Style with cheese, red bell peppers and garlic)
1 – 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes seasoned with basil, garlic and oregano
4 ounces quinoa pasta
dashes grated parmesan cheese
Prepare chicken sausage links per package instructions (about 8 minutes). Let sit covered.
While sausage cooks, heat oil over medium-high heat In a medium stock pot. Add onion and saute for 3 or 4 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic powder. Saute for another 3 or 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and cover. Turn heat down to medium-low and simmer for at least 8 minutes; stir occasionally.
While sauce cooks, prepare quinoa pasta per package instructions until al dente (about 7 minutes). Drain.
Plate mounds of quinoa pasta between 2 plates and divide sauce evenly and pour on top of pasta.
Slice warm sausage on diagonal and place sausage pieces over pasta and sauce on each plate (1 link per person.).
Sprinkle dish with parmesan cheese to taste. Serve warm. Enjoy!
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