{roasted brussel sprout & chicken sausage pasta}

by Cait on January 17, 2013

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For those of you that have read this blog for a while, you’re probably not surprised by this dish at all.

It’s a pretty well-known fact that both chicken sausage and roasted brussel sprouts are pretty solid staples in my diet.  

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So the other day, while scouring my kitchen for a meal to make, I grabbed the bag of brussel sprouts and threw them into the oven to roast (I mean…regardless of what I’m having, I can always incorporate roasted vegetables, so I figured it was a pretty safe bet) then pulled out the chicken sausage and went to grab some bread or whole wheat buns on which to put it.

Only to realize I had none.

Shoot.

Could I put it over…brown rice?  Ehhh.  Chop it up and just eat it together in a bowl?  Sure, but that felt a little boring…

Then I realized I had a box of whole wheat rotini.

Chicken sausage.  Roasted brussel sprouts.  Whole wheat pasta.

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WHY did it take me this long to ever think to combine all these things together in one dish??

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Roasted Brussel Sprout & Chicken Sausage Whole Wheat Pasta

{serves 6-8}

Ingredients:

  • 4 Italian-style chicken sausages (I used Aidells Italian-style with mozzarella cheese)
  • 1 bag of frozen brussel sprouts
  • 1 box of whole wheat rotini (or preferred type of whole wheat pasta)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Place brussel sprouts in a microwave safe dish with 1-2 tbsp. water.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes or until just softened.  Slice brussel sprouts in half and place on a pan lined with tinfoil.
  • Drizzle olive oil and salt over the brussel sprouts, tossing to make sure they’re fully coated.
  • Place brussel sprouts in the oven and allow to roast until just browned and crispy (about 20-30 minutes depending on your oven).
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to box instructions.
  • Slice the chicken sausage and place into a non-stick pan coated with a bit of olive oil.  Toss the chicken sausage in the pan until slightly browned on both sides.  Remove from heat.
  • Add cooked, drained pasta into a large serving dish.  Drizzle with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper then toss in heated chicken sausage and roasted brussel sprouts.  Toss to combine.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren January 17, 2013

So simple and perfectly delicious!

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Cait January 17, 2013

Thanks Lauren! It’s exactly that which is why it makes it such a great recipe! :)

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Erica January 17, 2013

nomnomnom. I’m obsessed with brussels!

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Cait January 17, 2013

Meeee too! Especially when roasted!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 17, 2013

You know you had me at brussels! Love the colors, too. :)

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Cait January 17, 2013

Hahaha – a girl after my own heart :)

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Amy @Macncheesenpeas January 17, 2013

wow this looks amazing!! I love roasted brussel sprouts!

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Cait January 17, 2013

Me too! They make all the difference in this dish :)

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kerry January 17, 2013

I wish we could get chicken sausages in the UK, this looks so good and i always like the sound of them :)

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Cait January 17, 2013

Oh my! I don’t think I realized you didn’t have them there!! They definitely are delicious…though I bet a garlic-roasted chicken breast would be a great substitute!

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Katie January 17, 2013

I have brussel sprouts in the fridge! So glad I read this before I made dinner tonight!

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Cait January 17, 2013

Yaaaaay! I’ll know it’s a success if Adrienne likes it :)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 17, 2013

Ugh, this looks ridiculously good. Can it be dinner now?? lol

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Cait January 17, 2013

Hahah – almost!! The good news is that it’s worth the wait :)

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Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles January 18, 2013

YUM! I love this combo. My fiance won’t eat either brussel sprouts or sausage (very very picky) so I’ll have to make this on a night he’s not home!

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Cait January 18, 2013

Definitely do! It’s delicious! :)

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Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups January 19, 2013

Chicken sausage, pasta and whatever veggies are an easy meal staple for me too! I love using egg noodles for something a little lighter and adding freshly grated parmesan for some flavor.

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Cait January 19, 2013

Oooh egg noodles are such a good idea! And yes – freshly grated cheese is ALWAYS a good idea in my book :)

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Shannon ~ My Place In The Race February 11, 2013

Yum! Gonna have to give this a try very soon!

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Shanna :) April 4, 2013

I love eating pasta and this recipe looks so simple! When you said PASTA, BRUSSELS, and SAUSAGE I practically started drooling XD Definitely gonna try this :) Please make more pasta recipes =)

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Cait April 4, 2013

So glad to hear it! :) I will work on more pasta recipes for ya! ;)

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Stephanie October 17, 2013

Making this tonight! Thanks for the recipe!

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Cait October 22, 2013

Of course! I hope you like it!

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