9.01.2010

Tortellini with Sausage and Peas (or Pantry/Freezer Emptying Pasta)

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There's been a lot of eating out. It's hard to cook and pack. We have two bowls, two plates, two forks, a small pot and a pan left. Everything else is in boxes, most have been moved to storage. But, eating out gets old really fast. And I have missed cooking, being in the kitchen, planning a meal on my drive home. Also, I still have a semi-full freezer, and a semi-empty pantry.

On my drive home a few nights ago, I decided tonight I will cook! I will make a pasta dish with my freezer supplies; not knowing what I would find. I did find edamame and corn, and pretty old chicken breasts. Then I came across bratwursts and peas, and the meal took shape in my mind.
The husband and I made these brats a few months ago. They ended up on the lean side. Great for weight watchers. Not so great if you're looking for a juicy, dripping sausage. But the seasoning in these was perfect, so I knew they would work well in a sauce.

I sauteed the sausage first. Then added garlic and tomato paste, browning the meat some more. Next went in tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and my own dried purple basil. I love purple basil. I'm even taking it with me to the in-laws, because it made me sad to think of it packed away in some box, sitting in a dark storage room.
Toward the end, I added the frozen peas.

Meanwhile, my tortellini boiled away. I made sure not to overcook it, so I could finish it in the sauce.
We had packed away our grater, so I had to shave the Parmesan with a little knife. But the dish came together and even tasted fancy! We opened a bottle of wine, and dinned among the boxes.

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