Friday, July 27, 2012

Pasta with Spicy Italian Sausage and Artichoke Hearts

4 links of hot Italian sausage  (mild is fine too if you prefer)

1/2 lb. of spaghetti cooked

1 1/2 cup of marinated artichoke hearts with some liquid

1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese + a little more for the table


Cook the sausage in fry pan until browned and cooked through.   Cut into bite sized pieces in the pan.  Toss in the spaghetti and artichoke hearts along with some of the liquid it was marinating in.  Make sure to shake the bottle before pouring the liquid as the spices settle to the bottom of the jar.  Pour some liquid in, mix and taste.  Adjust how much liquid you use to your own taste.  Heat it all through.    Top with the parmesan cheese and salt to taste.  Serve with more parmesan on the table for individual tastes.

I use Cara Mia marinated artichokes that I buy in the large size at Sam's club.  A  64 ounce jar is under $9 and lasts months.  I eat them just plain as well or use them for a side dish or a light lunch by mixing with cooked rice and topping with parmesan cheese.  The liquid adds quite a bit of flavor so I always use that whenever cooking with them.



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