Farfalle with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce & Pan Seared Chicken Sausage

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Now that I’m more intent on picking whole ingredients, shopping organic, and staying away from likely-GMO products, going to the grocery store takes longer and requires more focus.

I happen to be one of the few that actually enjoys food shopping – as long as I don’t have my kids in tow. Having to focus and slowly walk the isles isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it affords the time to stop and smell the roses (so to speak).

One of the benefits to slowing down while perusing the grocery isles is that I’ve noticed things that have never had a chance to catch my eye before. Like Wegmans organic chicken sausage. I’m not sure why I’ve never picked them out before now since we eat hot dogs and other sorts of sausages, but in my haste I must have just overlooked them.

Well, I’m here to tell you – they’re worth the stop.

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Right? Onward to the meal!

These organic chicken sausages (Spinach and Garlic with Asiago) were seared in a hot pan with olive oil and butter for about 10 minutes, and then I let them drain on a paper towel while I made the cream sauce for the farfalle.

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I sauteed garlic, green onions, mushrooms, fresh chopped spinach and salt in olive oil and butter over medium-high heat. Then I added a little flour to make a roux, followed by milk and chicken broth. Once the mixture got thick and bubbly, I threw in a handful of freshly grated Parmesan and stirred until it was nice and creamy.

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Once the farfalle was finished cooking to al dente, I tossed it in the garlic cream sauce, and then sliced the sausages and added them too. Another sprinkling of green onions and some fresh basil finished the pasta off!

Farfalle with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce & Pan Seared Chicken Sausage
 
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This easy pasta dish works well for a busy weeknight meal and goes great with a loaf of crusty bread!
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ pound farfalle (bow-tie pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • ¼ cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, rough chopped
  • 1 teaspoon + 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • ⅛ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ⅛ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 6 Wegmans organic chicken sausages {spinach & garlic with asiago}, pan seared and sliced
Instructions
  1. Set a large pot of water with 2 tablespoons of sea salt to boil over high heat.
  2. Warm the olive oil and butter in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Once the butter has melted, add half the onions, the garlic and the mushrooms to the skillet, and saute them for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the spinach and the salt, and continue sauteing until the spinach has wilted - about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the farfalle to the boiling water in the large pot, and cook to al dente.
  6. Meanwhile, stir the flour into the spinach mixture in the skillet (it will look a little pasty) and the continue to saute it for another minute to get the floury taste cooked out.
  7. Pour the chicken broth and the milk into the skillet, stirring the mixture to combine. Bring it to a boil, and continue to stir the sauce until it's thickened and bubbly. Add the Parmesan, and stir until it's melted - 1 minute more.
  8. Once the pasta is al dente (about 9 minutes), drain it and then add it to the sauce, tossing to coat the pasta.
  9. Add the sausage, remaining onions and the basil, and give it one last toss.
Note: I have no affiliation with Wegmans, and this is not a sponsored post of any kind. They just happen to be one of my local grocery stores, and I really like their organic chicken sausage!
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