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I prefer a ziti (or similar) noodle with vodka sauce. It's a great combo. Can't forget the garlic bread, too! A little way I like to add some extra something to the meal is to add meat. Rather than the typical meatball, I like to use Al Fresco chicken sausage.
I'll cut it up into slices, cook them up in the pan at a higher temp so they get some color. Then turn the temp down to low and add about 1/4 of the jar of sauce once they're cooked. While the chicken sausage is cooking, I'll start the pasta. Everything should be done by the same time (which is perfect). I swear, this all takes about 10 to 15 minutes to cook.
Once you drain the water from the pasta, add the meat and sauce, and pour the rest of the pasta over it, and stir it in. Add a little basil if you feel the need :)
The kids even love this. Any variety of the chicken sausage will work, but we prefer the either Sweet Italian or Roasted Pepper & Asiago. We typically eat garlic bread or garlic knots with pasta, and this dish is no exception.
I didn't get a pic of the dish the day I made it... But, I got a pic when my daughter wanted some leftovers the next day!
And to be honest, you can use any of these flavors on a bun! Grill them up (or put them on a cast iron grill on the stove) and eat them like a brat! They're SO good. Another pretty easy dinner option.
The chicken sausage is a better option then beef if you're either on a diet or prefer to not eat beef or pork products. I know a few people who prefer to not have red meat, and they love chicken products like this as an alternative. And can I add, we don't have the chicken bacon here near me in Arizona (I wish, though!) I've had the pleasure of trying it in the past. It tastes just like regular bacon. Such a better tasting alternative to turkey bacon.
Do you like Al Fresco as much as we do? What's your favorite product from them?