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Monday, February 21, 2011

Italian Style Goulash - a 30 minute meal!

From start to finish, this meal was just a bit over 30 minutes.  Full of flavor - Look at all those veggies!  Zucchini, tomatoes, peppers and onions brought such color to the plate.  And the flavor!  This was better than spaghetti in my opinion.  Italian Sausage gave it such flavor.  And I used whole wheat rigatoni for a bit more fiber.  Great and easy dish.  Steamed some carrots and served with bread to round out the meal!

Italian Style Goulash (adapted from Cinnamon and Spice and Everything Nice)

1 lb Italian Sausage (turkey or chicken works great), casings removed
2 medium size Zucchini sliced into quarters (bite size or smaller pieces)
1 red or orange pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
Handful fresh basil leaves, cut into small pieces or 2 tablespoons dried
2 tablespoons dried oregano
Salt to taste
4 cups Whole Wheat Rigatoni Pasta

1 - Brown sausage (removed from casings) over medium heat.  Break into small, bite size chunks as it is cooking.  Remove from pan once browned.
2 - Saute pepper, onion and garlic in same pan.  Cook for about 4-5 minutes.  Add zucchini.  Add tomatoes.
3 - Add sausage back into pan.  Stir all ingredients thoroughly.
4 - Toss in basil, oregano, and salt.  Cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes.
5 - During this time, boil water for pasta.  Add pasta once water is boil and cook according to package directions.
6 - Once pasta is cooked, drain.  Combine meat/veggie mixture with pasta.
Serve with Parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!

Linked to Mouthwatering Monday

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