Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Chicken Apple Sausage With Penne

If you have not tried the chicken and apple sausage, available in most grocery stores, you should consider it! The hint of apple is really tasty, especially as we approach the fall season!

I chose to use Penne pasta but you could use another variety if you wish.

I prepared this dish after work and it doesn't take long at all, unless however you are really hungry.

With a side of steamed broccoli and summer squash-oh and the sliced nectarine you have a nice flavorful dinner.

Chicken Apple Sausage With Penne:

3 quarts water
2 1/2 cups uncooked pasta
12 oz. package of chicken apple sausage
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Heat sausage according to package directions (I microwaved)~Cut sausage into bite sized pieces
In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil and add pasta and cook about 7 minutes, drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid
Sprinkle flour into saucepan and gradually whisk in the milk and reserved cooking liquid. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly for at least two minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in mustard, sage, salt, and pepper. Finally, add the sausage and pasta.
Transfer the mixture to an 8X8 baking dish. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle the shredded Swiss on top and place back in oven (uncovered) and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
Garnish with fresh sage~


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