Sunday, July 14, 2013

Fridge Clean-Up Pasta

Since Dan and I are leaving for vacation soon, I'm trying to be as resourceful as I can with the items still left in our fridge.  Whipping up this "fridge clean-up" pasta dish, it did a good job of tiding us over while at the same time using lots of left over veggies and some Brazilian pork sausage too, for some protein.  I harvested my basil plants too, as you can see and picked off all their leaves to create a quick, homemade pesto.  Hope you enjoy it as well, and make your own personal renditions.

Fridge Clean-Up Pasta 

Ingredients (serves 3)

For the pasta:
1 lb of whole wheat spaghetti pasta
10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Small handful of kalamata olives, halved
1 1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms
1 medium sized link of pork sausage, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped

For the pesto:
2 cups of fresh basil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
Pine nuts or pumpkin seeds
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil

Cook pasta according to the directions on the box.

Sautee the onions, sausage and the mushrooms together.  Add a bit of salt and pepper.  Sautee until all the ingredients are golden brown and then add the tomatoes and olives and cook for another 5 minutes until the tomatoes just soften.

In the meantime, prepare the pesto by putting all the ingredients into a food processor and pulsing it until it's well combined and forms a paste.

Add the pasta directly into the sauteed medley and toss well.  Add in the pesto and combine again, adding in a bit of pasta water to smooth it out as needed.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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