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Tweaking Bear Creek Pasta

Tweaking Bear Creek Country Living Garlic and Herb Pasta

Tweaking Bear Creek Country Living Garlic and Herb Pasta

My P.S. and his Uncle Wendell go camping in northern Minnesota and bring back buckets and buckets of sweet wild berries.  They love to camp and pick berries and cook over a fire.  My P.S. picks up quick foods like this Bear Creek Garlic and Herb Pasta.  They had leftover packets this year and my P.S. asked me to use them up.  I had chicken sausages and fresh zucchini to use and I’d tweak the pasta just a little.  I don’t feel guilty; the packets suggest additions.

Packet of Bear Creek Pasta

Packet of Bear Creek Pasta

I brought the water to a boil then added the pasta to the kettle, stirred well and let it come to a boil again.  I reduced the heat to a medium boil and let it cook for the 12-15 minutes.

Slice sausages and zucchini

Slice sausages and zucchini

I sliced the three cheese chicken sausages about 1/2″ thick and sliced then quartered a handful of zucchini.

Olive Barrel Basil Infused Olive Oil

Olive Barrel Basil Infused Olive Oil

I heated a skillet and with a drizzle of my favorite Olive Barrel basil infused olive oil, I sautéed the sausages and zucchini until they were nicely browned.

Sauté sausages and zucchini in basil infused olive oil until browned

Sauté sausages and zucchini in basil infused olive oil until browned

The pasta was still quite wet, not absorbing the sauce very fast. 

Cook pasta according to package directions

Cook pasta according to package directions

That 12-15 minutes was a suggestion.  Reality was 20 minutes or more.  I didn’t time it, I eyeballed it as I stirred it occasionally.

Cook pasta until the sauce begins to thicken and be absorbed into the pasta

Cook pasta until the sauce begins to thicken and be absorbed into the pasta

I added the sautéed sausage and zucchini to the pot and hoped for the best.  I let the pot simmer for 5 more minutes.

Stir sausage and zucchini into pasta and let simmer until desired texture. Taste test for seasoning and serve

Stir sausage and zucchini into pasta and let simmer until desired texture. Taste test for seasoning and serve

Eventually the sauce was mostly absorbed, leaving a nice coating on the pasta, sausage and zucchini.  Time for dinner!

Tweaking Bear Creek Country Living Garlic and Herb Pasta

Tweaking Bear Creek Country Living Garlic and Herb Pasta

It was an ok dish.  I think it could have been more exciting.  The Garlic and Herb in a bold banner across the front of the package promised more than it delivered.  It was a very ordinary, so-so flavor that I suppose most people would be happy with.  We’re a little more demanding and like more bold flavors to our pasta dishes.  All in all a pleasant way to use up a packet of pasta, just not outstanding.

Tweaking Bear Creek Country Kitchens

1 package Bear Creak Country Kitchens Garlic and Herb Pasta Mix; prepared according to package directions
2 tablespoons Olive Barrel Basil Infused Olive Oil
4 3-cheese Chicken Sausages; sliced 1/2″ thick
1 cup zucchini; sliced and quartered

Prepare pasta according to directions.

Heat a nonstick skillet with the olive oil and sauté the sausages and zucchini until browned.

When most of the pasta sauce has been absorbed into the pasta, stir in sausages and zucchini.  Let cook a few more minutes, taste test for seasoning and serve hot.

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