Squash Goulash {Food}

Friday, January 20, 2012

 Today I want to share a recipe that I literally through together last summer. After a meeting I stopped at the grocery to pick up something quick to make for dinner. For some reason zucchini & yellow summer squash jumped out at me, so I grabbed one of each knowing my husband likes them (and is the only one in the house that likes them). Then headed over to the pasta isle, because I normally will throw together some zucchini together with pasta and chicken.

Then I saw it...the Vodka Sauce...I absolutely love it on pasta and thought what the heck lets try it with the veggies, add some Italian sausage and make a goulash.  Ding ding ding we have a winner!! Of course my kids aren't fans of it, they would rather have Ragu, meatballs and spaghetti, but as easy as this dish is I can do both and have left overs for everyone's lunch the next day or two!

So here is what I did...

While boiling the water for the Farfalle pasta, I browned 1lb of Italian sausage and sliced up half of a small zucchini and half of a small yellow summer squash. Once the water was boiling I added 2 cups of the Farfalle  to the water to cook according to the directions. When the sausage was browned I added the sliced zucchini and squash and a dash of salt and pepper. (there wasn't a lot of fat from the sausage so I kept what was in there to help brown the veggies)

Once the Farfalle was done cooking I drained it and added it to my pan of sausage and veggies turning the heat to low. At this point you could be done and it it as is...but not me...

This is when I add in about 3/4 of a jar of Vodka Sauce, making sure everything is covered evenly. Smells SO good, still keeping the heat at low to warm through.

Now it's time to eat, I typically add a little parmesan on top and serve this dish with a salad and garlic bread. 

Like I said this dish is great warmed up the next day for left overs and you could easily adjust the amounts of the ingredients to feed a whole bunch of people. Give it a try and see what you think...

Happy Cooking! 

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