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.
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.
I sliced the three cheese chicken sausages about 1/2″ thick and sliced then quartered a handful of zucchini.
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.
The pasta was still quite wet, not absorbing the sauce very fast.
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.
I added the sautéed sausage and zucchini to the pot and hoped for the best. I let the pot simmer for 5 more minutes.
Eventually the sauce was mostly absorbed, leaving a nice coating on the pasta, sausage and zucchini. Time for dinner!
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.