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RECIPE  |  CHICKEN SAUSAGE PASTA

RECIPE | CHICKEN SAUSAGE PASTA

Recently I found that Wholefoods carries humane meat that follows animal welfare standards in their deli section. I was so thrilled because I was able to eat one of my favourite things again: chicken sausage. And that's what I'll be using for this simple pasta recipe. 

For the past year, my husband and I have only resorted to cooking with humane poultry or wild-caught seafood and we have reduced our meat intake to 2 servings per week.  You may be wondering why only humane meat and wild-caught seafood?  Chickens who are raised without welfare standards live in cramp dark cages without any natural sunlight or room to walk.  As a result, farmers pump them with antibiotics to kill the bacteria that the sunlight would have killed, along with hormones to make them grow larger in a shorter period of time.  Because chickens become larger than what is natural, their legs can't hold up their own weight so their legs are prone to breaking.  With that, they're under incredible amounts of stress and with stress comes disease. That diseased ridden meat is what most people are consuming.  As for seafood, I have a whole other post on why I don't eat farmed fish and if you're interested in understanding why, check it out here.  

So now you're probably asking why do you only eat poultry and seafood but not beef, pork or lamb? Well they release lower amounts of greenhouse gas emissions unlike beef, pork or lamb which are prime contributors of methane gas. Methane gas is much more powerful than carbon dioxide in depleting the ozone thus causing for global warming to occur faster. Scientists reported that amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is now past the threshold, especially due to leaking methane stemming from thawing ocean floors as water temperatures rise.  So what does that mean for our planet?  Well I'm no scientist but it's not looking bright (sorry).

Before you begin to panic about the future, try to take a step back and think about what you can do now as an individual?  Perhaps it's also reducing your meat consumption by going meatless on Mondays and Wednesdays (your grocery bill would definitely decrease!)  Maybe it's making a shift to support Eco-friendly products by sustainable companies.  Or maybe before purchasing that leather good, ask if you really need it in order not to support the cattle industry from growing. There are many ways to reduce our carbon footprint but it's down to whether you want to make it a priority for your future and perhaps for the future of your kids. 

Now back to this recipe, this sausage pasta is really easy and quick to make.  If you're fast you could probably make it in 25 minutes and under.  I hope you enjoy it and please consider purchasing certified-humane meat in making this recipe.  

Well I hope you guys enjoy this recipe!  If you make it, please take a picture of it and tag @christieathome on Instagram and it may be featured.  If you're not on Instagram, please share it with your family and friends.  

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any companies listed in this post. 

CHICKEN SAUSAGE PASTA

SERVES 3-4 | PREP TIME 15 MINS | COOK TIME 10 MINS

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 CERTIFIED-HUMANE CHICKEN SAUSAGED SLICED INTO 1 INCH PIECES
  • 3 CUPS OF PENNE RIGATE
  • 1 ORANGE BELL PEPPER, DICED
  • 1 SHALLOT, CHOPPED
  • 2 GARLIC CLOVES, CHOPPED
  • 14 OZ OF GOOD QUALITY MARINARA SAUCE (I USE VICTORIA FINE FOODS'S MARINARA SAUCE)
  • 1/2 CUP OF VEGETABLE BROTH
  • 1/2 TSP OF GARLIC POWDER
  • 1 TBSP OF EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
  • SMALL BUNCH OF ITALIAN CURLY PARSLEY, CHOPPED
  • SALT AND PEPPER FOR TASTE

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare your ingredients as listed. Boil your pasta according to package instructions for Al-Dente texture.
  2. Meanwhile in a large deep pan set on medium heat, add your olive oil. Then add the chopped shallots and garlic and fry until they're slightly brown. Then add in your chopped chicken sausages and fry for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Throw in your diced peppers, followed by the garlic powder and allow this to fry for 1 minute. Next add in the vegetable broth to help cook the peppers faster.
  4. Pour in the marinara sauce and parsley, mix well. Then raise the heat to high allowing the sauce to reach a boil. Once it hits a boil, quickly lower the heat to low and allow the sauce to simmer for 5 minutes without a lid.
  5. Once sauce has reduced, add in your boiled pasta and mix until penne is covered in sauce. Season with salt and pepper for taste.

Enjoy!

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