We had the great opportunity to have Liz Edmunds, aka The Food Nanny, come to our Salt Lake Store to teach a class.  She shared her methods of simplifying meal planning and the importance of having family dinner together.  Liz also shared some yummy recipes.  I had never even thought about combining pasta with red potatoes but this recipe she shared (and I went home and later made it with food storage items) opened my eyes and filled my belly!

Penne with Sausage and Veggies
Adapted from The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner

2 cups Penne Pasta (uncooked measurement)
4 medium Red Potatoes cut into 1 inch chunks
2 cups Honeyville Freeze Dried Sausage, rehydrated
2 tbsp Honeyville Dehydrated Onions, rehydrated
2 small Garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp Shirley J Chicken Bouillon
1 cup Water
1 tbsp plus 2 tsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Butter
3 cups Honeyville Freeze Dried Green Beans
1 tsp Dried Parley Flakes
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Optional-Balsamic Vinegar for drizzling

Steam or boil potatoes until tender.  In a separate pot, boil the pasta in salted water until al dente.  (Mine took about 9 minutes).  During the last 30 seconds of cooking pasta add the Freeze Dried Green Beans to rehydrate.  Drain.
In a large skillet over medium to medium high heat saute Garlic and Onions in 2 tsp Olive Oil.  Saute until fragrant, about 3 minutes.  Add Sausage, Water, and Bouillon and simmer 3 minutes.  Stir in remaining Olive Oil and Butter until melted. 
To the skillet add Green Beans, Pasta and Potatoes.  Season with Parsley, Salt and Pepper.  Decrease heat to low and sprinkle cheese over top.  Cover and continue cooking a few more minutes until cheese melts. 

The Salt Lake Store Manager, Lisa, had the idea to drizzle a bit of Balsamic Vinegar over the top.  I totally recommend doing this I thought it took it over the top.  My husband liked his without–to each their own!  With veggies and meat and pasta all in one dish I didn’t feel like I needed any side dishes.  Honeyville’s Freeze Dried Sausage isn’t overly spicy so if you like food with more heat try adding a pinch of Red Pepper Flakes.  Another variation is you can make it meatless and substitute in Honeyville Sausage Flavored TVP.

What dish do you like to make to bring your family together?

Happy Eating!