{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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