Hello everyone and welcome to The Hippie Geeks! If you have been looking for a easy, deliciousmeal that you can make for your family in twenty minutes, look no farther.
From the first time we made it our youngesthas called it "Sausage Pasta Veggie" and the name stuck.
It is an affordable, easy to make, deliciousmeal that you can throw together with simple ingredients and a little time.
Lets get right to the ingredients that weuse to make it! Before we get to the ingredients, I want tocover the amount of food this will make.
We have a large family, and as such we cooklarge meals.
With the ingredients you see us using here,we will get approximately 16 individual meals.
We will have two seperate dinners for sixpeople, and probably four lunches that I will take to work.
Keep that in mind when you are chopping upyour ingredients! First up are a couple of bell peppers.
You can use any color you like, we just happenedto have two red ones already.
Chop them up into decent sized chunks, ifyou cut them too small it will turn into mush as they are sauteed.
Next are three heads (or one bunch) of broccoli.
You are going to want to cut off the woodypart of the main stalk, and chunk up the rest.
Again, not too small.
On to a complete head of cauliflower.
Remove the remaining green leaves and woodypart of the main stalk, and chunk up the rest of it as well.
Two bunches, or about 14 medium sized carrots.
Remove the greens and tips, then cut into1/8" to 1/4" thick slices.
Two keilbasa smoked sausages.
Cut it up into bite sized chunks.
Two thirteen ounce boxes of whole wheat pennepasta that will get boiled for about 8 minutes.
Fill a pot half full of water that will beused for the noodles and crank it up to high to get the water on its way to boiling.
Heat up your cooking pan and once it is hotpour in some olive oil, right before you start putting in veggies.
You want to start with the ingredients thatwill take the longest to cook, in our case starting with the carrots.
Spread them around evenly on the bottom ofthe pan and let them cook, stirring around occasionally.
Next we are going to put in the cauliflower,mixing it up with the carrots.
Occasionally stir them up a bit.
After that is the broccoli, stirring it inwith the carrots and cauliflower.
Add in the bell pepper, mixing it up withwith all of the other veggies.
Add a little water, and go ahead and coverit with a lid to let it steam for a bit.
Hopefully by this point your water is boiling,if so go ahead and dump in the noodles.
Be sure to stir them occasionally to keepany from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Set your timer for 8 minutes, as that is aboutthe time it will take them to cook.
Occasionally stir the veggies around to helpthem all cook evenly, then cover them back up.
At about the five minute mark, go ahead andstir in the sausage as it just needs to be heated up.
You can replace the sausage with the protienof your choice, it will just take a little more preperation.
You could easily fry up some tofu with yourfavorite spices and turn this into a vegan dish.
Go ahead and cover it back up, and let itsteam some more.
The best part about this dish, is how flexibleit is.
If you don't like one of the veggies we used.
simply replace it with something else.
Add in some snap peas if you like, or oneof the spicy peppers to give it a bit of kick.
You also don't need to worry about exact amounts,just chop up what looks good and toss it in.
When the timer goes off, strain out the pasta,pull the veggies off the heat and mix it all together in a serving bowl.
To finish the dish off, we like to add a littlehomemade italian dressing on the top for flavor.
This is an incrediably easy dish to make thattakes great and really hits the spot on a cold day.
I hope you give this recipe a try, and ifyou do we would love to hear about it in the comments.
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