store sample sausage pesto penne
Stores give away free samples with good reason. The customer likes the
sample. The customer may buy the sample product. A product that otherwise might
never have gotten any consideration. If the product is food, and tastes pretty
good, this is food seduction in the name of marketing. It must be cost effective
or Costco wouldn't be constantly trying to tempt us as we fight our way through
the hunter/gathering hordes of discount shoppers to make our way to the checkout
lines. Normally we are not big sausage people, but for some reason bob
went for the sausage sample. It had a heavy dose of internal garlic, and was
made from chicken and turkey, so no red meat involved. The garlic hit hooked the
deal. bob convinced ani to give it a try and picked up a package. Naturally it
was a too big for two people—Costco usually markets BIG—so we gave half of the
sausages away to the in-laws and split the remaining half again in half, one
part to use, the other to freeze for another day.
Then came the question of what to do with the sausages to work them into a
well balanced meal. Pasta would be the natural answer, but ani is trying to lose
a few pounds by aiming for low bad carb intake. Luckily Trader Joe's has come to
the rescue with low carb penne pasta—80% less carbs than the usual stuff, plus
claims about fiber and protein (it's soy based) and imported from Italy too. So
we go for the combo, throwing in some Trader Joe veggie pesto for a quick sauce.
Some purists would argue that non-basil-based pesto is not pesto. We are not
- 2 T olive oil
- 4 links sausage (about 14oz), cut in thin slices crosswise
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 [6.7oz = 190g] jar veggie pesto
- 12 oz penne pasta
- 2 T fresh parsley, chopped
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- freshly ground parmigiano on each serving.
- Start the pasta water boiling and then salt and dump in the pasta and cook
until al dente. Meanwhile...
- Cut up the sausages and ready the garlic. A little extra, why not.
- Sauté the sausage in the olive oil, browning it and cooking through a bit
with the extra garlic added.
- Dump in the veggie pesto sauce and mix it up. Heat through.
- Get the fresh parsley ready.
- When the pasta is done, drain it and combine in the sauce pot. Mix in the
parsley and black pepper.
- Serve with some parmigiano grated over each portion.
- "Chef Bruce Aidells" Smoked Turkey
and Chicken Sausage with Sundried Tomatoes and Basil (that must be where the
pesto came to mind), item #80378: fully cooked, just grill or bake or sauté
8-10 minutes over medium heat (don't overcook), courtesy of
Costco, or some suitable equivalent
product. 3 lb package with 14 links in the Costco size. But apparently also
comes in normal sizes.
- Trader Giotto's Pesto Verdure,
mixed vegetable pesto, product of Italy.
- Bella Vita Low Carb Penne Rigate Pasta, product of Italy imported by Bella
Vita Foods: defatted soy flour, pasteurized egg white, rice flour, wheat
gluten, isolated soy proteins. 80% less carbs, all natural high fiber, high
protein, GMO free (?), cholesterol free. Best if used by July 07 2006! Great,
a 3 year shelf life.
- Very photogenic.