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Pasta Improv

We've all heard that there's no such thing as a free lunch, but there IS a delicious and easy pasta dish that can be improvised with whatever you happen to have on hand! This example, below, was put together in just 10 minutes -- the time that it takes to boil the pasta -- on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It's a hearty weekend lunch for two that's wonderful served with olives and fresh mozzarella on the side. Add a green salad if you're feeling extra ambitious!


2 chicken (or other) sausages, sliced into rounds (or the shape of your choice)

5-6 small to medium mushrooms, sliced

1/4 - 1/2 small onion, sliced

4-5 small roma or other flavorful tomatoes, sliced or quartered

A healthy splash of ACADÉMIE Blend #1

3-4 fresh basil leaves, chopped

A small handful of parsley, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

A hard cheese such as Pecorino to grate over the top

Olive oil to drizzle over the top

Red pepper flakes, optional

Enough pasta for 2 (use whatever is in your cupboard; I had farfalle)

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Put on a pot of water to boil for the pasta. After that's on, heat up a sautee pan (cast iron is always a good choice) and put in a pat of butter or a splash of olive oil. Sautee the sausage with mushrooms and onions until browned. Check the pasta water -- if boiling, put your pasta in the pot -- it will need to cook about 7-10 minutes, depending on the pasta. Toss the tomatoes, herbs, salt and pepper, and a big splash of Blend #1 into the sautee pan with your sausage and cook on medium for another minute or two. Turn off the heat and check your pasta. When it's al dente, drain and put into a serving dish, then top with the sausage, mushroom, onion melange. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, grated cheese and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

20 minutes

Serves 2

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