August 16, 2012
Balsamic Roasted Sausage and Grapes with Linguine
This recipe has 12 ingredients. It takes 15 minutes of prep and 30 minutes of baking and makes 8 servings. I did make a number of changes to this recipe. First I completely misread the recipe and ended up only buying 1 1/4 pounds of sweet Italian sausage. I can either blame it on getting older or the first week of school, but whatever the reason it happened. So instead of using 3/4 of a pound of both sweet and hot sausage, I just used 1 1/4 pounds of the sweet. Honestly, for my kids it was probably better this way. Second, I had bought over two pounds of grapes last weekend. I should have known that they wouldn't last until I made the recipe. I think by the time I made this dish I had approximately two cups left, so that is the amount that I used. Finally, instead of multigrain pasta I used regular. I would love to say that I enjoy the taste and texture of whole grain pasta, but that would be lying. I have tried every brand available and I still hate it! Since I changed so much of the recipe I reduced the amount of spring mix salad greens. My kids can be hit or miss with greens, so I reduced them to approximately 1 1/2 cups. I also let the spinach cook on the stove with the pasta for about a minute so it would wilt. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.
I really enjoyed the taste of the balsamic roasted sausage in this recipe. The vinegar gave a nice sweet taste to both the grapes and the sausage, without making them too sweet for a pasta recipe. I also like that there are two types of greens making the dish healthier. I bought prepared pesto, but this would be even more delicious with homemade. Homemade pesto would make this dish fantastic. Overall a very easy pasta recipe that has a nice flavor profile and is kid friendly.
For the recipe go to Balsalmic Roasted Sausage and Grapes with Linguine.