Monday was Robbie's birthday!! We love celebrating birthdays in our house! I always make a special dinner and dessert. The birthday person gets to choose what I make. And birthdays are one of the rare occasions that I am willing to go slightly out of my spending parameters.
For dinner, Robbie requested angel hair pasta with Italian sausage and sun-dried tomatoes. This is a dish I used to make a lot (before kids #2, 3, and 4 came). It is really easy and incredibly flavorful.
I buy sun-dried tomatoes from the bulk bins at WinCo. You can also buy them in a pouch in the produce section or jarred in the canned tomato aisle.
|I prefer to use my scissors to cut dried tomatoes.|
When I was making this a few years ago, I always used pine nuts. However, pine nuts are currently over $14 per pound in the bulk bins at WinCo. Consequently, I don't buy them anymore. This time I used slivered almonds, which ended up tasting excellent!
I usually don't measure when making this dish. I will attempt to give estimates in the recipe, but feel free to adjust the ratios to suit your taste.
1 lb. angel hair pasta
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage or links with casings removed
5 cloves garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
1/2 c. slivered almonds or pine nuts
1 1/2 c. sun-dried tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
Fresh basil, torn
Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, brown Italian sausage over medium heat until cooked through. If there are no drippings, drizzle a little olive oil into pan; add garlic and nuts.
Saute until garlic is fragrant and nuts turn golden, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes and basil; cook just until warmed, 1-2 minutes.
Place pasta on plate; top with sausage and tomato mixture. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
|Served with Caesar salad and garlic bread.|