My one brother has had an aversion to anything green for the majority of his life, and while Zack will eat his veggies, nothing excites him more than meat and carb laden foods. So while this isn’t exactly a watching your figure friendly type of meal, it’s a deliciously satisfying and comforting Sunday night dinner type of dish. Sunday nights are made for indulging, at least in my world they are.
Penne & Italian Sausage In A Creamy Mustard Sauce
This is a pasta I’ve made multiple times in the past and LOVED, but somehow it slipped out of my mind until this past week. This is by far one of my favorite pasta dishes, and I can’t believe it’s been months since I’ve thought to make it. I have a serious love for anything with peanut butter in it, and another immense love for spicy food… so this is pretty much perfection in my world. It’s not too spicy either in my opinion, but if you have an aversion to the heat just reduce the red pepper flakes and make sure to de-seed your jalapeno. PLEASE try this pasta, I really hope you love it as much as we do!
Our garden is out of control. I’m both overwhelmed and overjoyed by the amount of fresh tomatoes we have, and the cherry tomatoes are especially delightful.
Zack was never a fan of cherry tomatoes until he tried some of the ones that we grew this year, now he can’t get enough and we’ve both been popping them into our mouths like candy, eating them like two greedy little kids. I knew exactly the recipe to use such an abundance of these juicy, sweet little tomatoes in: chipotle pasta salad. The spicy chipotle sauce pairs perfectly with smoked gouda cheese, fresh basil, and cherry tomatoes bursting in your mouth with sweetness.
I’ve been using Tinkyada brown rice pasta lately rather than regular pasta. I’ve been told wheat may be the culprit of the constant bloat I have in my stomach, so while I haven’t cut it out completely, I’ve tried to minimize it from my diet as much as possible. Zack also has some, um, ongoing stomach issues….so maybe a change in certain parts of his diet could help him as well. We can’t live without pasta though, and you honestly can’t even tell the difference with this stuff. Trust me, Zack would let me know if you could. I buy it in bulk here on Amazon. It’s more expensive than regular pasta, but if it helps one of us out it will be worth a couple extra dollars. Another “health” note, I almost always use dairy-free milk (soy, almond, coconut, hemp) to cook and bake with. I wasn’t raised on regular milk so I’ve never liked the taste, nor do I believe dairy milk is all that great for you. Honestly, we are the only animal on this planet that drinks milk past infancy, let alone from another species…kind of creepy. It’s another area where I can’t remove it completely from my life, due to being a little gluttonous about food (CHEESE! Greek Yogurt!), but I try to minimize it. Poor dairy cows have rough lives too. I have family in Utah that raises dairy cows, and while they aren’t mistreated, they aren’t exactly leading a glorious life either.
Anyhow, off my soapbox. Enjoy this recipe, especially if you have freshly grown cherry tomatoes, they really put it over the top!