- 8 ounces Penne Pasta
- 1 link raw Spicy Chicken Sausage
- 1 large Red Bell Pepper
- 1 Red Onion
- 1 large Zucchini
- 1 Eggplant
- 2 Tablespoons, divided Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 0.5 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1 cup Creamy Parsley Dressing
Colorful and spicy sausage and vegetable pasta with a silky green sauce!
Yes, that is in fact a mouthful to say and very delicious as well!
When we think pasta, we mostly default to red or cheese sauce but I think it’s time to rethink the game.
I love a creamy sauce but also want it to be vibrant and flavorful. Why not use a creamy salad dressing as a sauce right?
Well turns out my creamy parsley sauce not only makes for a great salad dressing, it also works beautifully with veggies and pasta!
Though there are a couple of stages to making this dish, a lot happens simultaneously for a fast turnaround.
While the vegetables roast in the oven, you can cook the pasta and make the green sauce.
I love roasting vegetables as it’s so easy and results in the most flavor.
The oven cooks and caramelizes the vegetables while still keeping the produce’s integrity.
This slightly smokiness and sweetness from the vegetables goes so well with the spicy chicken chorizo.
You can also use Italian sausage as it is well seasoned.
I recommend buying the raw sausage in casing for maximum flavor.
Once all of the elements of this dish are combined, food magic happens for the ultimate umami outcome!
Make this pretty spicy sausage and vegetable past, snap a picture and send it to me via Instagram!
Roast The Vegetables
Preheat your oven to 425°F.
Wash, dry and dice the red bell pepper, discard the core.
Wash, dry and dice the zucchini and eggplant.
Peel and dice the red onion.
Add the prepared vegetables to a parchment lined baking sheet, spread out to one even layer, drizzle with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
Roast the vegetables in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
Cook The Penne Pasta
While the vegetables roast, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Once at a roiling boil, add 2 Tablespoons of salt to the water then add the pasta.
Cook until al-dente according to package directions.
Before draining the pasta water, reserve 1/2 cup.
Make The Parsley Sauce
Use a blender or small food processor to make the sauce.
Click for full recipe of my Creamy Parsley Sauce.
Cook The Spicy Chicken Sausage
Add the Cooked Pasta and Sauce
Lower the heat to low and add the cooked penne pasta to the skillet along with 1 cup of the parsley sauce and 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water.
Stir to combine and allow it to cook for a minute or two.
If the sauce seems too thick or dry, add a bit more of the pasta water.
Give the pasta a taste and adjust seasoning, if needed.