Mealtime Monday: Skillet-Toasted Penne with Chicken Sausage

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I have been a bit sporadic with Mealtime Monday posting this year, but I’m back today with a recipe idea from Cooking Light for skillet toasted penne pasta.  By slowly cooking the pasta in a skillet, it brings out a lot of flavor.

Skillet penne pasta recipe for dinner


  • 6 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 13 ounces Italian chicken sausage, casings removed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • Grated parmesan cheese

Skillet penne pasta ingredients

I have started being better about prepping my ingredients prior to starting the meal to help with the panic mid cooking of needing something that is not yet clean and cut.  Also, since I have been working longer days lately, Alex has been fantastic with prepping and even cooking more, so it has been great!

Skillet penne pasta prep

While prepping the ingredients, you can add your stock to a saucepan on simmer.  You want to keep your broth warm for this recipe throughout, but not to have it boiling.

Broth for skillet penne pasta

Next, in a large skillet over medium/high heat add 1 tablespoon oil and your dry penne pasta.

Skillet penne pasta for dinner

Saute for about 5 minutes or until you start to see some browning and smell the nutty flavor.

Skillet penne pasta

Remove pasta into a bowl and set aside.

Penne pasta with spinach recipe

In the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of oil, onion & sausage (removed from casing).

Penne pasta with spinach & sausage recipe

Saute until onions are softened and the meat is cooked through, using your spatula to crumble the sausage as it cooks.

Penne pasta with spinach

Set the meat mixture aside.

Skillet penne pasta with sausage

Add your toasted pasta back into the original skillet and reduce heat to medium/low.  Add one cup of your warmed stock at a time, allowing it to absorb and cook down before adding more.

Skillet penne pasta for dinner

This process will take awhile, so be patient.  You will notice the pasta soften & plump more with each addition of stock.

Skillet penne pasta for dinner tonight

Once you are on the last cup of stock, add your spinach to the pan.

Skillet penne pasta recipe for dinner tonight

Stir around to allow the spinach to wilt and mix in with the pasta.

Penne pasta with spinach and sausage

Once most of the liquid has been absorbed, add the meat mixture, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt & pepper flakes to the pan.  Stir together and remove from heat.

Penne pasta with spinach and sausage recipe

Serve and top with a little more parmesan cheese if desired. This is a time consuming meal and not great for a weeknight, but very flavorful and worth it on occasion.

Skillet penne pasta recipe for dinner

Mealtime Monday: Kielbasa Pasta Recipe

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Mealtime Monday has been a bit more sporadic this year so far, but here I am again with an easy weeknight meal to share.  I can’t believe how fast this month is flying by.  It is already the 24th and this is only my 2nd post of the month.  Wow.  In the last few weeks we went to Reno for my company trip, had friends over for an appetizer party, I got sick with a head cold and then we moved offices at work.  Crazy busy indeed.  Anyways, back to the food, with this recipe from Taste of Home for Kielbasa Sausage Pasta.

Kielbasa pasta recipe with tomatoes, bell pepper and onion


  • 1 pound pre-cooked kielbasa sausage, cut into small pieces
  • Angel hair pasta (I cook 1/2 the box and it makes about 4 hearty servings)
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 can diced stewed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • Grated parmesan

Kielbasa pasta recipe

In a large skillet over medium high heat, add cooking oil, bell pepper, garlic and onion.  Sauté for about 5-10 minutes to soften veggies and heat sausage.

Kielbasa pasta with tomatoes, bell pepper and onion

Add the diced stewed tomatoes.  Reduce to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Sausage pasta recipe with tomatoes, bell pepper and onion-YUM

Meanwhile in a large pot, cook angel hair pasta according to the directions on the box.

Sausage pasta with tomatoes, bell pepper and onion-YUM

Add butter and 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese.  Mix to incorporate.

Kielbasa pasta

Serve pasta into each bowl.  Top with a little more parmesan cheese.

Delicious kielbasa pasta with tomatoes, bell pepper and onion

Layer on the sausage mixture and a sprinkle more cheese.

Kielbasa pasta recipe-YUM!

Serve and enjoy!

Sausage pasta recipe with tomatoes, bell pepper and onion

Mealtime Monday: Chicken Florentine

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Happy Mealtime Monday everyone!  This week I am sharing a recipe from Cooking Light.  This grilled chicken florentine recipe is a great meal and tastes a lot more rich than it’s fat content.  It is excellent paired with a side of spicy broccoli (recipe coming soon). Here we go…

Light Spinach Fettuccini Alfredo Recipe


  • 10-12 ounces cooked chicken breast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2-4 cups spinach leaves (based on personal preference)

Light Fettuccini Alfredo Recipe

1.  I already had some chicken that I had boiled for meals this week, so I used one of the larger breasts for this meal.  I cut my chicken into small pieces and sautéed them over medium-high heat in a skillet coated with cooking spray.  Season with salt and pepper.  If you do not have cooked chicken, you can use raw and just make sure it gets cooked through.

Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo

2. Cook pasta according to the package.  Meanwhile, add 2 T canola oil to a heated skillet over medium-high heat.  Add minced garlic to the heated oil.

Garlic Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo Sauce

3. Next add 3 T flour to the pan an cook until garlic is browned, about 2 minutes.  Make sure to stir constantly to prevent burning.

Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo Recipe

4. Add milk and broth, stirring with a whisk.  Bring it to a simmer and cook for about 2 minutes or until thickened.

Making Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo

5. Add cheese, stirring until cheese is fully melted.

Lighter Fettuccini Alfredo Recipe

6. You should now have a thick consistency.  Add 1/2 t salt & 1/2 t pepper.

Light Fettuccini Alfredo Sauce

7. Add your spinach to the mixture, and stir until the spinach wilts.  Remove from heat.

Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo Sauce

8. Add cooked pasta and chicken to the pan.  Stir to combine and serve.

Light Fettuccini Alfredo

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Mealtime Monday: Delicious Fried Raviolis

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Welcome back to Mealtime Monday!  Today we have a really quick and easy meal that can be made as part of a dinner or as an appetizer.  I figured it made since to post an easy meal this week while we are enjoying vacation in South Lake Tahoe.

Delicious Fried Ravioli Recipe

All you will need for ingredients are:

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Italian bread crumbs
  • 1-2 eggs
  • Ravioli (preferably larger sized ones)

Making Yummy Fried Raviolis

Crack your eggs into one bowl and whip.  Pour a nice heap of bread crumbs in another bowl and add about 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.  Mix together.

How to Make Yummy Fried Raviolis

Dip each ravioli into the egg…

How to Make Fried Raviolis

then into the breadcrumb mixture to coat.

Fried Raviolis

Heat cooking oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the breaded raviolis.

Making Fried Raviolis

Cook until brown, then flip to other side and repeat.  Remove from pan onto a paper towel to soak up excess oil.  Serve and enjoy.  I had pesto and a roasted tomato sauce and thought they made great dipping sides.

Delicious Fried Ravioli

Such a quick and easy meal or fantastic appetizer.  Now, back to vacation.  Check out the beauty of South Lake Tahoe by following me on instagram :)