The other day I was in the mood for a sausage and peppers hoagie. Lacking a hoagie bun, I went with my next favorite carb – pasta!
One of the best things about this was that I didn’t have to buy anything at the grocery store to make it! As it’s getting close to CSA season, I am in use-it-up mode. Have to make room in the freezer and pantry for this year’s stock! Last year, we received more green peppers than I knew what to do with, so I simply stuck them whole in a ziplock freezer bag. Pulled them out, and while a little soft from freezing (I wouldn’t want to eat them raw), they were perfect for cooking. I always have onions in the cupboard and found this 1/2 bag of rigatoni in my pasta drawer.
Another staple in my freezer is some sort of sausage. For this I used a smoked fatty. A smoked fatty (google it) is simple pork sausage smoked. My smoker (Amazon links are affiliate links) Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D 2-Door Propane Smoker has several shelves and whenever I smoke anything, I always make sure that one shelf is filled with fatties! All I do is buy pork sausage in the tubes, tear off the plastic wrap and sit them on the shelf – couldn’t be easier. Then I vacuum seal them one in each bag, and I am ready for their smokey goodness.
If you don’t have a smoked fatty in your freezer (I feel sorry for you), just use any sort of cooked, smoked sausage. This was a quick and easy weeknight meal made from pantry, freezer, and fridge. Note – I did have some fresh rosemary from my herb garden, it lasted all winter!
Pasta with Sausage and Peppers
- 2 green peppers diced
- 2 onions diced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon rosemary fresh, minced
- 1 pound smoked fatty diced (or your favorite smoked sausage)
- 8 oz pasta
- olive oil
- 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese shredded
- Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and rosemary. Saute until onion is golden. Add green peppers and sausage. Saute for about 5 minutes.
- Cook pasta in boiling, salted water per directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining.
- Add pasta water to pan and scrape up any browned bits. Add pasta and Parmesan cheese and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little fresh olive oil (if desired) before serving.
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