Italian Sausage Summer Salad

Easy, delicious, and light with the flavor of a summer garden in every bite. Rotini or penne Pasta with Italian sausage and garden fresh vegetables.

Easy, delicious, and light with the flavor of a summer garden in every bite. Rotini or penne Pasta with Italian sausage and garden fresh vegetables. The beautiful thing about this dish is the ability to pick and choose a different combinations of flavors with each bite. Served with garlic bread it makes a filling main course.

Ingredients:

  • 2 – Italian Sausage Links of your choice
  • 2 cups – dry rotini or penne pasta or other similar pasta
  • 1 – 8-12 inch long zucchini of your choice
  • 2 – hand size tomatoes of your choice
  • 6½ cup of water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  1.  Start heating a large skillet on medium heat and a medium to large pot with 6 cups of water and 1 tsp of salt for your pasta.
  2.  Slice Sausage Links into ½ inch wide pieces. This is best done while links are semi frozen. I like to cut on a bias just for looks.
  3.  Place sausage in pan and begin cooking. Stirring and flipping pieces occasionally.
  4.  While sausage is cooking, start cooking your pasta as directed on the package. Appropriately 10-11mins uncovered at a high rolling boil. Do not add pasta to water until it is boiling rapidly unless specified in supplier instructions.
  5.  Slice zucchini in half lengthwise then in ½ inch chucks on the bias like the sausage.
  6.  Chop tomatoes into 1-1/2 inch size chucks and place in small bowl and set aside.
  7.  After sausage is cooked thoroughly. (red-pink color is gone and a slight browning has occurred.) Add ½ cup water, this will deglaze the pan bringing out the flavor of the sausage.
  8.  Add zucchini to the sausage cook for 1-2 mins then reduce heat and let stand.
  9.  Strain your pasta and place in large large. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  10.  Add sausage and zucchini and toss lightly.
  11.  Serve with tomatoes sprinkled on top.

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