Friday, May 30, 2014

Garden Vegetable Pasta for #ChooseDreams #WeekdaySupper

Happy Friday!!!  I am so excited to participate in #WeekdaySupper;  the theme for this entire month are easy recipes from the garden.  Perfect timing as this is the time of year when the first vegetables crops are ready for harvest in the garden,  CSA's {Community Supported Agriculture} deliver vegetable shares, and local vegetables are in abundance at local market's.  To me,  nothing compares to eating homegrown vegetables or at least locally grown vegetables; it is almost magical. 

Here in Portland many of our neighbors grow vegetables in raised beds right in their front yard. 

Yes, almost everybody is growing vegetables and our children learn how to grow gardening in their school's learning garden.  

Let me tell you it is contagious.  What do you think?  Start with growing some herbs; get a couple of different plants at your local nursery, plant them in a pretty pot and set them  either right outside the kitchen, or in a sunny windowsill.  Just remember to water and you are all set to add some fresh, homegrown flavor to just about any meal.  Toss the herbs with salad, add it to pasta, add it to a pita, sandwich, eggs…the options are endless and delicious.  Believe me,  soon you will want to start growing all kinds of herbs and vegetables…

The #WeekdaySupper Recipes from the Garden theme is sponsored by American Family Insurance.  American Family Insurance encourages us to follow our dreams,   #ChooseDreams and thrive. Healthy food choices combined with an active life style can help us reach our dreams.   Fin inspiration  for Recipes from the Garden on the #ChooseDreams Pinterest Board, or connect with American Family Insurance on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+,YouTube, or LinkedIn.

Now let me tell you about this quick, delicious, and easy #WeekdaySupper dish that your entire family will love.  It is an easy dish packed with fresh vegetables and dinner will be on your table within 30 minutes.  This is all you need...

Garden Vegetable Pasta
  • 1 pack of your  favorite pasta {I like Fusilli} - reserve 1/4 C cooking water
  • 1 leek cleaned, cut into rings using white and green parts
  • 1 bunch of green asparagus, cleaned and cut into bite size pieces
  • 3/4 lb. bulk sage sausage
  • 1/4 C dry white wine
  • 1/4 C pasta cooking water reserved from pasta
  • 2 Tb or more Italian parsley
  • 1 C Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Salt & pepper to taste

  1. Cook pasta according to directions
  2. While pasta is cooking brown sausage in a cast iron pan until crumbly
  3. Add leek together with asparagus to the sausage and sauté for a couple of minutes
  4. Add white wine, cover and sauté for another couple of minutes until vegetables have cooked
  5. Drain pasta - reserve 1/4 C of the cooking water
  6. Stir 1/4 C of cooking water to the vegetable, sausage mixture   
  7. Add parsley together with salt and pepper to taste
  8. Add cooked pasta to the pan and mix pasta with the vegetables until well combined
  9. Add Parmigiano Reggiano and adjust salt/pepper to taste
Serve with a side salad!
Sunday Supper MovementServe this all summer long and change the vegetables as they grow in your garden.  The perfect  #WeekdaySupper dish.

Inspired by American Family Insurance, the Sunday Supper team is bringing you garden fresh recipes all month long. Take a look at all of this week's amazing #WeekdaySupper recipes 

Monday – Strawberry Basil Goat Cheese Flatbread Salad by Family Foodie

Tuesday – Potato Corn Chowder by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Wednesday – Huevos Rancheros by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Thursday – Veggie Quesadillas by The Foodie Army Wife 
Friday – Garden Vegetable Pasta by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.


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