Monday, November 9, 2009

Turkey Sausage, Arugula and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

It was Monday. I had planned the week's menu. I made a grocery list and pulled some coupons together. I was ready to start my week and head to the store. My daughter woke up that morning with a fever and grocery shopping was going to have to wait.

I had to regroup. There was plenty of food in the refrigerator, freezer and pantry, but my grocery list was stuff that I needed to pull my planned meals together. So I turned to the web and I went to and searched a few ingredients that I had on hand to see what I could find.

This recipe is a good find. I had all of the ingredients and it is an easy, quick, delicious dish.

Turkey Sausage, Arugula, and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
adapted from Food & Wine

  • 1 lb turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 12 reconstituted sun-dried tomato halves - it is cheaper to buy the non-oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, simply re-hydrate by soaking the tomatoes in warm water for about a minute
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2/3 C olive oil
  • 1 large bunch of arugula - cut into thin strips. My arugula was from my CSA. It is one of the ingredients that I searched. I wasn't in the mood for a salad. You could easily substitute spinach.
  • 1 lb pasta - I had rigatoni on hand

Boil water in a large pot and cook pasta. Drain.

While the pasta is cooking, combine the sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper in a food processor. Blend until well combined. Stream the olive oil into the processor while the machine is running.

At this point your kitchen will smell absolutely divine.

Heat about 1 tbsp of olive oil in a pan and add the turkey sausage. Break into tiny pieces and brown until it is cooked through.

When sausage is done cooking, add chopped arugula and mix together.

In a very large bowl, toss the turkey and arugula mixture, cooked pasta and the sun-dried tomato vinaigrette. Serve warm.

If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan and prepare to be knocked out!

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  1. What a great economical way to make a delicious meal!

  2. Thanks for the recipe and linking to TMTT.

  3. That looks and sounds fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I could go for a dish of this right now!

  5. This looks delicious. We'll be enjoying this before long.

  6. I have yet to meet a pasta dish I don't like, but top it with a sun-dried tomato sauce and I'm in heaven!!


  7. Looks wonderful, I love everything in it!!

  8. Well I made this today and it was pretty tasty! So beautiful and healthy. I used home made soaked soba noodles for the pasta, and also substituted seeded fresh tomato's instead of the dried. Yum!

    Kylie in NZ

  9. KellyNZ - I've made home made soba noodles. I will have to look into it. The fresh tomatoes sounds great. I'll have to remember that next year during tomato season. Thanks for the comment.

  10. I didnt see the turkey sausage on the list? Maybe Im blind, haha. Look awesome though, cant wait to try it! Thanks for the great tips!

  11. Anon - Thanks for the heads up and I have edited the post.


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