Friday, February 03, 2012

Smoked Sausage & Oven-Roasted Veggies with Pasta

The other night I made this wonderful oven-roasted veggie dish with smoked turkey sausage! It was so yummy I thought I should share it! I found a recipe on Johnsonville's website and changed it a bit to suit my own tastes! Hope you enjoy!

Smoked Sausage & Oven-Roasted Veggies with Pasta
Adapted from a recipe by The Kitchen at Johnsonville Sausage
Servings: 6                      Prep Time: 30 min                      Cook Time: 35 min
What you need:
1-2 medium zucchini, sliced                            
1-2 medium yellow squash, sliced
1 large red onion, sliced                                 
3 medium bell peppers, sliced (I used 3 different colors!)
2-4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced                          
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, quartered (opt.)
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (opt.)              
olive oil
½  tsp. sea salt                                             
¼  tsp. pepper
¾  tsp basil 
*1 pkg. (12 oz.) brats or smoked sausage, sliced
12 oz. uncooked pasta                                   
grated Parmesan cheese
marinara sauce (opt.)
What you do:
1 Preheat oven to 400°F.
2 In a large bowl, combine the veggies and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and toss until lightly coated. Add salt, pepper, and basil to taste. (The above measurements are estimates and will depend on the amount of veggies you use and how much seasoning you like!) Stir.
3 Transfer to a greased cookie sheet with edge. Spread the veggie mixture out as thin as you can. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until vegetables are tender and lightly browned, stirring occasionally. (I used a lot of veggies so mine took a little longer.)
4 Sprinkle sausage over vegetables. Bake 5 minutes longer or until sausage is heated through.
5 Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and place in a large bowl.
6 Add sausage mixture to the pasta and toss or serve separately.
7 Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Some of my family members enjoyed this with marinara sauce on top.

*I recommend Johnsonville Turkey with Cheddar Sausage!


So, since last time I wrote, I was laid off at the church for financial reasons, Abby turned 1, and we decided to move to CA to live with my in-laws for a few months while Jesh works on his topics and dissertation and looks for a full-time job! Wow, right? It's been a crazy ride but God is good and faithful. We started going to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's church and got plugged into a community group. Some of the ladies from that invited me to their MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) group! If you've never heard of MOPS, it is a Christian-led organization that ministers to groups of moms with young children. We meet twice a month for food, fellowship, speakers, games, and giveaways. Child-care is included! I've only been to two official meetings so far and two outings with my table friends and it's been pretty great so far! Abby & I keep busy by going to Wiggleworms Story Time at the library and visiting playgrounds! She particularly loves the slides. I have also done some tutoring for Jesh's teenage cousins and I cook for us plus my in-laws at least twice a week. Abby takes steps here and there and likes to walk holding onto our fingers. Her daily jobs are walking out to the mailbox, key in hand, and emptying the silverware container from the dishwasher. Lately she's desperate to empty the plates and glasses as well. Makes Mama's heart a little anxious but no broken dishes yet! Jesh, in addition to working on his topics, is teaching part-time at the junior college in town and directing the music for a high school musical production this spring!

The future looks pretty uncertain but the Lord has always been faithful in provision and guidance so we will continue to trust in Him and praise Him!!!!