Saturday, August 10, 2013

One Pan Pasta with Chicken & Hot Links

It all started with a "one pan pasta" recipe from Martha Stewart.
Hmmm, I'm game. Almost sounds like Hamburger Helper, Martha!
I found something new that I like about you.

OK... I know some of you could go all snobby on me, and all that, for this type of recipe.
But, really who hasn't wanted to just slam dinner on the table occasionally and make all those people stop whining.  
Well, maybe this is your new "go to" recipe. 
I think you could customize it depending on what you have on hand. 
I just happened to have a whole bunch of Hot Links on hand (somebody went to Costco...) and some cooked chicken (thank you again Costco rotisserie chicken).  
So, of course, that is what my recipe includes.

I'm thinking you could have any number of things on hand that would make a good version; ham, shrimp (frozen), pork chops (cut up), chicken (raw, but cut small), shredded beef... or dare I say it, cooked hamburger?
Ummm.... not altogether, OK folks?

Sprinkle something green on top (like green onions, or chives) and call it a balanced dinner.

Serves about 4

1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1-2 Tbsp olive oil 
2 cups chicken stock
1 can tomatoes, diced, with juices
2 hot links, diced
1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
8 oz (1/2 package) small pasta, like orecchiette, macaroni or penne
Salt and Pepper, or other favorite spices, like basil, oregano or thyme

Saute the onions and garlic over medium heat in some olive oil in a large saucepan.. If using raw meat, or sausage (like the hotlinks), go ahead and add them too.  Cook until onions are soft (and meat is mostly cooked) about 3-4 minutes.

Add the tomatoes (with juice), the chicken stock, any spices (add salt and pepper later) and the pasta.  Stir until well combined.  Turn up heat and bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer, uncovered, until the pasta is cooked.  It will probably take about 10-15 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of your pasta.  Stir often so it doesn't stick. 

Adjust seasoning by adding salt and pepper.  You will find that the pasta has thickened the sauce and made a complete dinner.  Serve and eat.

Later on, wash up the one pan.  Or better yet, have someone else wash up that pan.

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