Today we mourn the loss of an icon. Elizabeth Taylor died today at age 79.
I wish I could write an obituary to honor her, but I wouldn’t be able to do her justice. I’ll just share some pictures instead:
Well, you know what they say. When you are mourning a Hollywood legend, the best thing to do is to eat lots of pasta.
They do say that, right?
Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Spinach
- 1 lb pasta, any variety (I used spaghetti)
- 4 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 5 chicken sausages, sliced (I used garlic flavor)
- 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 6-oz package baby spinach
- 2 tbsp garlic & basil flavored vinegar (see note)*
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Cook and drain pasta according to package directions.
- Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken sausage and saute for about 5 minutes, or until sausage is browned.
- Stir in sun-dried tomatoes. Cook for 1 minute.
- Add spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until spinach wilts. Remove from heat.
- Add pasta to pan and top with remaining olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Toss well.
*A few notes: One of my husband’s students gave him homemade garlic & basil flavored vinegar for Christmas, so that’s what I used. It was fabulous in this dish. If you have a flavored vinegar that you think would work, then by all means, go for it. If not, I would suggest red wine vinegar. Don’t be afraid to play around with the flavors to see what you would like.
A second note: I used dried sun-dried tomatoes. If you use tomatoes packed in oil, drain them, and then cut back on the olive oil a bit in step 5. You can always add more if needed.
I have to say, this is one of my favorite things I’ve ever made. I really love marinara sauce, but it’s so nice to have something different for a change. And I love sun-dried tomatoes, and don’t use them enough! And chicken sausage is so tasty and easy! Since it’s pre-cooked, you really don’t have to do anything to it. I just like to brown it for personal preference, and because I think it looks more appetizing.
Sarah Crewe: Mmmm! This is pretty good! The sausage gives it a real flavor.
Batman: It’s delicious!!!!
Curious George: It’s good, but I don’t like the tomatoes. They taste like red raisins.
Elmo: Me too! Me too! Me too! (She wouldn’t stop eating!)
Don Corleone: It’s a piquant and delightful blend of pasta and pig. Oh, it’s chicken? It’s a piquant and delightful blend of pasta and poultry.
Ah, well. Rest in peace, Elizabeth. We will miss you. Say hi to Michael Jackson for us.
On a brighter note, a special shout-out goes to Steve McQueen who would be 81 tomorrow, March 24. Happy Birthday, Big Guy!
More about The King of Cool later…