The Pursuit Of Happiness - Entry #40

8/14/2013 tringel 0 Comments

August 14, 2013
Tonight while eating dinner, Brenden voluntarily, with no prodding, completely on his own free will (do you get the point) stated with a smile, "adding the onions (A VEGETABLE!) was a good touch." Just incredible.

We had decided to make one of our favorite, easy pasta recipes with a homemade alfredo sauce that we altered from the blog, Living a Changed Life. On a whim I decided to add chopped onions to sauté with the turkey sausage we were browning. Brenden reluctantly obliged but it turned out to be great (Brenden said so himself, and he does NOT eat veggies...very often) and added another layer of flavor. Our adaption of this dish just keeps getting better and better if I say so myself.

Yum, right out of the pot
  • 1 Box Penne Pasta (I used veggie pasta this time, whole grain works great as well)
  • Hot Italian Turkey Sausage
  • Yellow Onion Slices
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 TBS Butter
  • 6 Wedges Laughing Cow Cheese (Chipotle & Queso)
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 TBS Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt, Pepper, and Onion Powder to taste
  1. Bring water to boil in a large pot. 
  2. Cook pasta as directed on box.
  3. Drain pasta and set aside.
  4. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine ingredients from almond milk through the end.
  5. Heat on medium, stirring often until ingredients are melted, combined, and velvety (about 20 minutes, the longer it cooks, the thicker the sauce will get so you can choose the consistency you prefer).
  6. While sauce is cooking, remove casings of turkey sausage.
  7. Start to brown turkey sausage and break up into small pieces.
  8. When turkey sausage is almost done, and onion slices until tender.
  9. Combine pasta and sauce, making sure the sauce covers everything. It may look like not enough sauce, but it goes a long way. Try adding a quarter of the sauce followed by a quarter of pasta and mix together, then repeat until all of both are used.
  10. Add sausage and onions to pasta and sauce and thoroughly combine.
  11. Serve immediately, and save left overs for the next day. Makes a lot and tastes great warm or cool.

Eating from the rainbow...kind of, but delicious none the less -
pasta, meat, cheese, onions, seasonings. Couldn't get any better. Or could it?

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