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Balsamic Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Veggies

Balsamic Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Veggies – Pasta with sauteed veggies and chicken sausage tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette. Quick and easy weeknight meal, that is also good for you.

balsamic pasta with chicken sausage and veggies on a plate

 

Photos and some text updated 8/1/16

Do you ever see recipes, and immediately make them?  Sometimes I come across a  recipe that is so perfect, I have to make it right away.  This was one of those.  Cassie made a version of this pasta, and I knew we would love it.  My husband loves just about anything with balsamic vinegar, and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought about doing this yet.

balsamic pasta with chicken sausage and veggies on a plate

My husband isn’t all about lots of veggies and no meat, so I had to switch it up a little.  I used some spinach & artichoke chicken sausage I had in the freezer, and just a few veggies.  This balsamic pasta is a huge hit at my house.  Balsamic vinaigrette is one of my favorite dressings, so adding it to pasta was only natural.  The chicken sausage makes it a heartier meal, but still good for you. A great use for the zucchini that is going crazy this time of year.

balsamic pasta with chicken sausage and veggies on a plate

I first made this recipe almost 4 years ago, and it is still on regular rotation at our house. My son and husband both request it often. I like to use zucchini and red onion, but you could switch up the veggies to just about anything you have on hand, or what is in season at the time. Bell peppers and mushrooms would be great.  Leave out the meat, and this would be a great cold pasta salad.  I served with a little grated Parmesan cheese, but Cassie used goat cheese.  So feel free to switch it up! My husband loves when I make a big batch of this balsamic pasta, because the leftovers are great for lunch the next day.

Yield: 6

Balsamic Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Veggies

Balsamic Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Veggies - Pasta with sauteed veggies and chicken sausage tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette. Quick and easy weeknight meal, that is also good for you.

Pasta with sauteed veggies and chicken sausage tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette. Quick and easy weeknight meal, that is also good for you.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package short cut pasta, , cooked according to the directions
  • 4 Tbls balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbls olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, , grated
  • 3 links chicken sausage, , sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sauteed veggies, (zucchini, onion, etc.)
  • Parmesan Cheese, , optional garnish.

Instructions

  1. In a large serving bowl combine the vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, garlic and oregano. Whisk to combine. In a large skillet saute the chicken sausage and the veggies together, until crisp tender, and the sausage is heated through, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper as necessary.
  2. Add the cooked and drained pasta to the serving bowl with the vinaigrette at the bottom. Top with the veggies. Stir to combine, and make sure everything is evenly coated. Serve with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Notes

Adapted from Bake Your Day

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 354Saturated Fat 2gCholesterol 30mgSodium 636mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 14g

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Joanie @ ZagLeft

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016

This is such a wonderful recipe for a busy evening. I love the flavor balsamic vinegar adds.

Kimberly Killebrew

Monday 1st of August 2016

This sounds so yummy and I just love the flavor of balsamic vinegar!

Sandi (@fearless_dining)

Monday 1st of August 2016

This looks like an amazing idea for a quick and easy dinner.

Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Monday 1st of August 2016

How great to have a family favorite like this that you can reach for often! Love the combo of meat and veggies :)

Stephanie

Monday 1st of August 2016

Such a great weeknight dinner idea!

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