Italian Sausage, Zucchini and Garlic Scape Pasta

Italian Sausage, Zucchini and Garlic Scape Pasta


Last weekend at the farmers market I saw some of the first of the zucchini for this year and on impulse I picked some up even though it was not on my list. Of course come clean out he fridge Friday and I find that I still have some zucchini in the fridge. I also had a few garlic scapes to finish off and after a bit of rooting around the freezer I came out with and Italian sausage. My first thought was a pasta as pastas are always great for cleaning out the leftovers in your fridge. I really like quick and simple throw together pastas like this as you never know what kind of great flavour combinations that you will come up with next. This is a pretty simple pasta that relies on a good tasting Italian sausage and the fresh garlic scapes for flavour. This dish came together in less time than it took to cook the pasta it turned out quite nicely. It was packed full of flavour and the garlicky goodness went really well with the fresh zucchini. I certainly am looking forward to the zucchini to come and this was a nice dish to start the season off with.

Italian Sausage, Zucchini and Garlic Scape Pasta

(makes 1 serving)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 serving pasta
1 Italian sausage (removed from casing)
1 zucchini (sliced)
2 garlic scapes (finely chopped)
parmigiano reggiano (grated, optional)

Directions:
1. Start cooking the pasta as directed on the package in well salted water.
2. Cook the sausage in a large pan breaking it apart as you cook it.
3. If there is not enough grease in the pan at this point add some oil.
4. Add the zucchini and saute until tender, about 3-5 minutes.
5. Add the garlic scapes toss and remove from heat.
6. Drain the pasta water when the pasta is al dente reserving some of it.
7. Add the pasta to the pan and toss to coat adding some of the reserved pasta water if necessary.
8. Serve garnished with some chopped garlic scapes and grated parmigiano reggiano to taste.

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Take a look at the Presto Pasta Nights roundup on Eats Well With Others.

39 comments:

Marjie said...

Great way to clean out the fridge, indeed! Sausage was the crowning ingredient for this!

Sara said...

Mmmmm, this sounds so good! I adore italian sausage in pasta dishes, and it sounds so tasty with the veggies! Yum. :)

~RED~ said...

looks gorgeous!

Phoo-D said...

Pasta and stir fry are my default clean out the fridge meals. This looks delicious!

Marta said...

Delicious pasta idea Kevin!

Jamie said...

Wow, Kevin this looks fabulous!

Cookin' Canuck said...

Zucchini and sausage sounds like a great combination. This looks like a perfect meal for a busy weeknight.

Y said...

What a great photo. I'm sure I've said this many times before, but your pasta dishes always look so tasty.

La Table De Nana said...

I am so impressed~ Day in and day out you share new recipes~
Bravo!

teresa said...

Oh wow, this is just lovely!

ashley said...

oh yum! looks tasty with all the veggies!

Ivy said...

Zucchini is the only vegetable I have never used in a pasta dish but this sounds so good, I must give it a try.

Kim said...

mm so simple and so delicious! i could go for a plate right now.

♥peachkins♥ said...

This doesn't look like "clean out the fridge day" pasta. Gorgeous!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Looks lovely, simple and colourful Kevin!

Anncoo said...

This is delicious and the color is beautiful.

Nina Timm said...

You go to the market with a list??I salute you for that!!! I normally buy on impulse and then have to give or throw away!!!! Lovely meal!!!

Ruth Daniels said...

Another great dish - no surprise there. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Night.

I'm still hunting for garlic scapes. I have a feeling that since I've missed out on the saturday markets lately (on vacation)I might be out of luck.

Ninette said...

You're so prolific, Kevin. I don't know how you do it!

Michele Morris said...

I'm already getting overloaded with zucchini here - some from my garden and some from my CSA - so will give this a try. When yours starts rolling in try the farro dish I made with it - recipe's on my blog!

Sophie said...

What an excellent meal, Kevin! My farhers garden has a lot of feresh courgettes,green & yellow! Si this is a must try recipe! MMMMMMMMM,....!!!!
I love garlic scapes!

Cheryl said...

I have no idea what a garlic scape is? I shall google it!

Kerstin said...

Nice job cleaning out your fridge, this sounds absolutely delicious!

Cucinista said...

Garlic scapes are one of my favorite ingredients -- thanks for a great idea for another dish. I actually pick mine up in Chinatown -- they always have them!

Joanne said...

What a beautiful pasta, Kevin and yes pastas ARE excellent for cleaning out the fridge. The sausage combined with the zucchini sounds delicious. Thanks for submitting to Presto Pasta!

ttfn300 said...

it's so hard to resist when you see things for the first time of the season! great dish :)

SarahKate said...

Delicious! I've been putting zucchini in everything lately... this is a great new way to use it.

Cyndy said...

Excellent well rounded meal!!

thanks for the beautiful pic!

haleysuzanne said...

Great recipe with simple, seasonal flavors! I love pasta preparations like this - can't wait to try it with fresh zucchini.

ChichaJo said...

I'm loving your garlic scape recipes!

Christelle said...

Love the colours with the yellow bits, but what are they?
I'll have to google for garlic scape too! :)

Pam said...

These clean-out-the-fridge pasta dishes are why I always keep Italian sausage in the freezer.

Kevin said...

Christelle: The yellow comes from the yellow zucchini. I used a mix of green and yellow zucchini in the pasta.

Peter M said...

The colour of this dish is awesome...no doubt tasty!

Patsyk said...

What a delicious way to clear out the fridge!

syrie said...

I love surprise chef recipes. Nice addition with the scapes.

Colleen said...

Sausage and zucchini are two of my favorite things to add to pasta - yum!

The Food Hunter said...

sausage and zucchini is a great combo. This looks really good.

Val Petrin said...

I made this tonight and it was so flavorful! I only added a can of diced tomatoes in addition to make it more sauce-like for my husband and he approved!

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