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March 9, 2010

Hello Loyal Readers! First, let me give my apologies for the dearth of posts over the last few months.  Next, let me say thank you to every person who has approached me and wanted to know what happened to Chicken Monday.  Not to worry, Chicken Monday has been going strong here at chateau Lubchansky.  It is only my commitment to the blog that has fallen off in recent weeks.  Now, to make up for the lost time, I present to you the overhauled, brand new Chicken Monday for the new year.  Read it and eat, baby.

This recipe comes from Real Simple magazine, which true to its namesake presents recipes each month that are, well, really simple.  The recipes offer few ingredients and quick cooking times which are extremely helpful for the “Mom Who Tries To Do It All.”  I modified the following recipe – touted as “kid-friendly” to make it more “adult-tasty” because the kid in this house is still allergic to half of the ingredients.  And now – drumstick roll please – your first Chicken Monday of 2010:

Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli

lb Rigatoni

This dish makes a lot on a small budget.

1-2 tbsp. Olive Oil

1 Onion, sliced

12 oz. fully cooked Chicken sausage links, sliced

1 small head Broccoli, cut into florets and stems sliced

1 can White Cannelloni beans, drained

1/4-1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1.) Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

2.) Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook the onion, stirring often, for 3 minutes.

3.) Add the sausage and cook, stirring until browned, 2-3 minutes.

4.) Add the broccoli, beans and 2 cups of water and simmer, covered, until the broccoli is tender, 5-6 minutes.

5.) Toss the pasta with the sausage mixture and any remaining liquid and the Parmesan.

Tossing the rigatoni and sausage mixture.

I served this dish along with a warm batch of Pillsbury croissant rolls to my husband and parents.  The rolls were a good choice because they came in handy to sop up all of the delicious liquid that was leftover on the plate when the pasta was finished.  All those served offered rave reviews.  Even the diner who had the Weight Watchers option – just the sausage mixture with broth, sans rigatoni – commented that the food was very good and mentioned that the beans “made the meal.”  The cannelloni beans were my addition to this dish and it was a successful improvement.   I also upped many of the quantities from the original recipe because they were listed as odd amounts.  (Who wants to use 3/4 of a box of pasta?)

This hearty meal would easily serve six adults – or four adults with two lunches for the next day.  Any blogger takers for “Chicken Leftover Tuesday?” Hmmm…we may be onto something here.

Chicken Monday - Great Sucess!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Barbara permalink
    March 9, 2010 9:30 pm

    Welcome back, Heather! This sounds great. Just last night I made a similar dish but with regular Italian sausage, broccoli, orrecchetti pasta and basil! It too was well received. I will try this as I love the beans and chicken sausage sounds “healthier”.

    Keep up the good work, it’s hard to do it all especially with a little one.

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