Monday, November 29, 2010

Sausage and Roasted Vegetable Penne!

In true slacker-law student fashion, I was wasting my Sunday morning/early afternoon watching the Food Network when I came across this recipe. The dish was enough to entice me out of bed and to Trader Joes for all the necessary ingredients. I don't eat red meat so I subbed in spicy chicken sausage instead. The dish was very easy to make. The only maybe slightly tricky part is timing it right. I roasted the veggies in the oven before adding them to the sauteed sausage, deglazed with white wine. Add the penne, top it off with some fresh parmesan, and it's a deliciously easy Sunday dinner!

Recipe courtesy Melissa d'Arabian of Food Network


  • 1 sweet onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced in 1/2 lengthwise
  • 1 red bell pepper, cheeks removed
  • 1/2 pound button mushrooms, stemmed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, washed and dried
  • 2 sweet or hot Italian sausages, thinly sliced or casings removed

  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 12 ounces whole-grain penne, cooked according to package instructions, 1/2 cup pasta water reserved
  • Freshly grated Parmesan, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a bowl, toss all the vegetables, except the tomatoes, with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange on a baking sheet and roast, until caramelized, about 30 minutes, turning vegetables halfway through the cooking time. In a small bowl, add the tomatoes and the remaining olive oil and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and add to the baking sheet, at the halfway point of cooking, to caramelize.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, add the sausageand saute until cooked through. Turn up the heat and deglaze with white wine. Once the vegetables are cooked, cool slightly, then coarsely chop. Add the vegetables and any pan juices to the sausage in the skillet. Toss in the cooked penne, adding reserved pasta water, if needed, to moisten. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve in bowls topped with Parmesan

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