ROASTED BRUSSEL SPROUT AND CHICKEN SAUSAGE PASTA

roasted chicken sausage and brussel sprout pasta - makes for an easy, filling and nutritious dniner! sub broccoli for brussels if you don't like 'em! // cait's plate

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For those of you that have read this blog for a while, you’re probably not surprised by this dish at all.

It’s a pretty well-known fact that both chicken sausage and roasted brussel sprouts are pretty solid staples in my diet.

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So the other day, while scouring my kitchen for a meal to make, I grabbed the bag of brussel sprouts and threw them into the oven to roast (I mean…regardless of what I’m having, I can always incorporate roasted vegetables, so I figured it was a pretty safe bet) then pulled out the chicken sausage and went to grab some bread or whole wheat buns on which to put it.

Only to realize I had none.

Shoot.

Could I put it over…brown rice?  Ehhh.  Chop it up and just eat it together in a bowl?  Sure, but that felt a little boring…

Then I realized I had a box of whole wheat rotini.

Chicken sausage.  Roasted brussel sprouts.  Whole wheat pasta.

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WHY did it take me this long to ever think to combine all these things together in one dish??

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Roasted Brussel Sprout & Chicken Sausage Whole Wheat Pasta

{serves 6-8}

Ingredients:

  • 4 Italian-style chicken sausages (I used Aidells Italian-style with mozzarella cheese)
  • 1 bag of frozen brussel sprouts
  • 1 box of whole wheat rotini (or preferred type of whole wheat pasta)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Place brussel sprouts in a microwave safe dish with 1-2 tbsp. water.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes or until just softened.  Slice brussel sprouts in half and place on a pan lined with tinfoil.
  • Drizzle olive oil and salt over the brussel sprouts, tossing to make sure they’re fully coated.
  • Place brussel sprouts in the oven and allow to roast until just browned and crispy (about 20-30 minutes depending on your oven).
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to box instructions.
  • Slice the chicken sausage and place into a non-stick pan coated with a bit of olive oil.  Toss the chicken sausage in the pan until slightly browned on both sides.  Remove from heat.
  • Add cooked, drained pasta into a large serving dish.  Drizzle with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper then toss in heated chicken sausage and roasted brussel sprouts.  Toss to combine.

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  • http://www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.com Lauren

    So simple and perfectly delicious!

    • Cait

      Thanks Lauren! It’s exactly that which is why it makes it such a great recipe! :)

  • http://www.itzyskitchen.com Erica

    nomnomnom. I’m obsessed with brussels!

    • Cait

      Meeee too! Especially when roasted!

  • http://www.sprint2thetable.com Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    You know you had me at brussels! Love the colors, too. :)

    • Cait

      Hahaha – a girl after my own heart :)

  • http://macncheesenpeas.blogspot.com Amy @Macncheesenpeas

    wow this looks amazing!! I love roasted brussel sprouts!

    • Cait

      Me too! They make all the difference in this dish :)

  • http://healthyappletite.blogspot.co.uk kerry

    I wish we could get chicken sausages in the UK, this looks so good and i always like the sound of them :)

    • Cait

      Oh my! I don’t think I realized you didn’t have them there!! They definitely are delicious…though I bet a garlic-roasted chicken breast would be a great substitute!

  • http://www.yesiwantcake.com Katie

    I have brussel sprouts in the fridge! So glad I read this before I made dinner tonight!

    • Cait

      Yaaaaay! I’ll know it’s a success if Adrienne likes it :)

  • http://www.liztiptopshape.wordpress.com Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Ugh, this looks ridiculously good. Can it be dinner now?? lol

    • Cait

      Hahah – almost!! The good news is that it’s worth the wait :)

  • http://www.blueberrysmiles.com Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles

    YUM! I love this combo. My fiance won’t eat either brussel sprouts or sausage (very very picky) so I’ll have to make this on a night he’s not home!

    • Cait

      Definitely do! It’s delicious! :)

  • http://sushiandsitups.com Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups

    Chicken sausage, pasta and whatever veggies are an easy meal staple for me too! I love using egg noodles for something a little lighter and adding freshly grated parmesan for some flavor.

    • Cait

      Oooh egg noodles are such a good idea! And yes – freshly grated cheese is ALWAYS a good idea in my book :)

  • http://www.myplaceintherace.com Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    Yum! Gonna have to give this a try very soon!

  • Shanna :)

    I love eating pasta and this recipe looks so simple! When you said PASTA, BRUSSELS, and SAUSAGE I practically started drooling XD Definitely gonna try this :) Please make more pasta recipes =)

    • Cait

      So glad to hear it! :) I will work on more pasta recipes for ya! ;)

  • Stephanie

    Making this tonight! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Cait

      Of course! I hope you like it!