Summertime Pasta

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I don’t know why I equate italian sausages with summer but, well, I do.  It makes me think of firing up the grill, or going to a ball game, or hitting the food stands at the town fair.  I love me some sausage, so does the fam, but sometimes I need to find a different way of making it then the good ol’ grilled standby.

Enter the Summertime Pasta.  It’s a one dish meal and it’s so so good.  I just threw a whole bunch of stuff in the fridge into the pan and viola, a delicious dinner is on the table.  Enjoy.

veggies recipes for kids kid favorite recipes dinner    Summertime Pasta

1 lb penne pasta

1 T olive oil

1 lb bulk italian turkey sausage (hot or mild)

2 cloves garlic chopped

1 onion sliced thin

8 0z mushrooms, sliced

1/2 T red pepper flakes

1 t dried oregano

2-3 T dry vermouth (or you could use white wine)

1 cup chicken stock


parmesan cheese

1 bunch baby arugula

Set a large pot of water on to boil for your pasta.  When it’s hot season the water with salt, add pasta and cook until al dente.

In a large pot heat your olive oil over medium high heat.  Crumble in your sausage and cook until well browned.  Once browned (about 8 minutes or so) add in your onions, mushrooms, and zucchini.  Allow veggies to soften a bit, about 5 minutes then add in your garlic and cook for an additional minutes.  Season with red pepper flakes, oregano, and S&P.  Deglaze with vermouth and allow to cook out for a minute or so.  Add in your chicken stock and bring down the heat and allow to simmer while your pasta finishes cooking.

veggies recipes for kids kid favorite recipes dinner    Summertime PastaDrain your pasta and add to the sausage sauce.  Mix well and then serve on a small plate.  Top with arugula and shaved parmesan cheese then sprinkle with a bit of extra virgin olive oil.  Mmmm good!

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  3. Buffalo Chicken Pasta
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  5. Man Quiche


  1. I also think of summer with italian sausage! Love it. This recipe sounds wonderful.

  2. we just had sausage on the grill for dad’s day! love the pasta and arugula. and of course anything that includes parmesan cheese is a winner.

  3. I just love Italian sausage! Nice thing is.. it reminds me of all seasons! Guess that might be from growing up with an Italian Mom and Grandma though! This pasta looks and sounds fantastic!

  4. Yum, might have to try that soon :)

  5. My husband would LOVE this!!

  6. I love that you used turkey!!

  7. I bet that would be good cold as well.


  8. Yummy!

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  9. Stopping by from Follow Me Back Tuesday. Great site. Mmmmm, pasta! Following you now. I will be back!

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  13. Every time I turn around I see pasta or pasta salad. I think it’s a sign I need more pasta in my life.

  14. I need to make this dish! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Have a wonderful day.

  15. yummm pasta! Than for sharing & than for stopping by my blog & following. I am here to follow back

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  18. Hi,

    This looks great, love pasts dishes- I’ll have to try it!

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  20. That looks delish!
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  24. And once again I will congratulate you on your followers! Wahhooooo!!! I wonder how I can get more GFC followers? This pasta looks delish! I make a similar one but never thought to put vermouth in- YUMMY!! And I heart arugula…a lot.

  25. YUM. I am always looking for new recipes to try and this look fantastic! (so do the breakfat cookies!)
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  26. I’ve done something like that before, w/ penne and turkey sausage. SO yummy!

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  27. Hi There! Thanks so much for stopping by my site. The recipe looks delicious, but my boys have sworn an oath to not put anything green into their mouths. I could always add the green stuff later to only my plate I suppose lol. Thanks for sharing, because it does look like something I would really like to try.


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  29. hey there! thanks for stopping by and following me today – i’m following u now too :)

    and btw – that looks delicious and probably just what my hubby will be after this week! I cooked some pasta the other night w/ a bunch of veggies, olive oil, garlic, etc…..anyway, he said he liked it, but would have loved it if there was some meat in there – lol!!! And we have not had sausage in our house in forever…..thanks for the idea!!!

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  34. OK, now I’m hungry, I’m going to have to try this.

  35. Do your kids really eat this? It doesn’t look like something I would have ate when I was a kid.

  36. Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner says:

    Ha, Kat, they do eat it. Well my oldest picks out the arugula, but the other two eat everything on it…It’s been a long road, but the rule in our house is you don’t have to eat it, but you have to try it. Most of the time they eat it, especially if they helped make it.

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  46. Looks & sounds great. I know my husband would love it – my kids not so much – they are so picky.

    thanks for stopping by my blog & your comments. With my kids out of school for the summer it is harder for me to get online & return comments. Getting around as much as I can.

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  47. That looks SOOOO good!! I will be back again….I’m a recipe junkie! LOL Thanks for stopping by my blogs for FMBT! I’m now following you with all 3 of my blogs. :)

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