Let’s clean out our kitchens, shall we? And while we’re at it, let’s dump everything in the fridge in a pan and make some pasta!
Pantry pasta: what you make when you have a bunch of random leftovers in the fridge and need a hot meal, stat.
In my pantry pasta, I used a big bunch of kale that I had bought and
forgotten about was saving, some Trader Joe’s spicy jalapeno chicken sausage, leftover cuban black beans, garlic and feta cheese! You can’t go wrong with feta cheese.
And let me tell you, it turned out really great! Not only did I find a use for all the odds and ends in my fridge, but I had a meal that lasted days and made for wonderful lunches while I cooked.
I love it when things just work.
Pantry Pasta with Black Beans, Kale and Spicy Chicken Sausage
6 oz bow-tie pasta (I just eyeball it and use half a bag)
1 large bunch lacinato kale, roughly chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 chicken sausage links, sliced (I used Trader Joe’s jalapeno chicken sausage)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4-1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
1/4 tsp black pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook bow-tie past until its el dente, then drain and set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the sliced chicken sausage. Cook sausage for about five minutes, until golden on both sides. Then, add the garlic, kale, red pepper flakes and a sprinkle of sea salt. Continue sauteing until kale begins to wilt. Add black beans and heat through.
Add hot pasta to the kale as well as the feta cheese and pepper. Season with additional sea salt to taste.