Thursday, January 14, 2010

Uh, Oh. It’s the 5 O’clock Dinner Dilemma

You have probably heard me complain about having boring weeknight dinners and how it always seems like a 5 o’clock rush to figure out what will be on the table. I am pretty sure I speak for a lot of families when I say I have the “Dinner Dilemma” just about every day on my way home from work.

This added stress can be easily avoided with a little planning but who has time for that?! I thought I would make at least one day of your week a bit easier by sharing a great recipe, which can easily be made during the 5 o’clock rush to the dinner table. It comes from a great food blog named Picky Palate. It’s an extremely popular mom blog written by a lovely stay at home mom, Jenny. She shares all her highs and lows as a mother all while serving up some really good food! I made this last night and it was quick and delicious. Thanks, Jenny!

Penne With Fancy Chicken Sausage and Basil Ribbons
From Picky Palate


½ lb whole wheat penne pasta, dry
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ white onion, finely diced
1 red bell pepper finely diced
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
4 chicken sausage links, variety of choice, sliced into ¼ inch slices
10 fresh basil leaves, stacked, rolled and thinly sliced (chiffonade)
2-4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.

In a large skillet or medium dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onion and bell pepper until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and sausage. Cook and stir for 5 more minutes. Stir in cooked pasta, basil leaves and 2-4 Tablespoons of olive oil.

Season with salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

Best, and until next time, Kaitlin!

1 comment:

Lo said...

If you ask me, pasta dishes are one of the easiest "go to" meals for busy weeknights. And seasoned sausages are another trick we try to keep up our sleeve... lots of great flavor there with minimal effort. Great recipe!