Last weekend I took my mom to Vegas. The trip only lasted 3 days but in those short days, if left to his own vices, I may have found my own hubby dead of starvation. Or at least severely emaciated and malnourished. He would have been forced to consume what's left of the stale saltines, sniff out the hidden Oreos in the back of the cupboard or gnaw off his own arm.
Ok, I kid. Maybe not that last one, but there certainly would've been more than one trip to those famous golden arches. It's certainly not that Gabe can't feed himself, he just doesn't make very healthy choices. This pasta is good for fooling him into thinking he's eating some 'man food'. Joke's on him, there's tons of zucchini and whole wheat pasta in it.
We came home a few days later and..........he was still alive! Perfectly well fed with several balanced meals. He even made himself a little salad.
No he didn't. Salads = immediate loss of man cards.
No matter. He's alive. That's all that matters.
Love you, Boo.
Home Alone Husband Penne
3 zucchini, large
1 onion, large
4 garlic cloves
1 lb. sweet Italian sausage, bulk* 1 lb. fresh mozzarella
1 32 oz. jar marinara sauce
1/2 c. grated hard cheese (parmigiano reggiano or pecorino romano)
1 lb. box penne pasta (or any other short cut pasta)
* If you don't have Italian sausage, be crafty & make your own:
1 lb. pork shoulder
1 tsp. fennel seed
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. red pepper flake, optional
salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven 350ºF. Start some water boiling for the pasta and preheat another large heavy bottom pot on high to saute veggies and brown sausage.
Now, let's start paring the veggies. I use a large dice on both the onion and zucchini:
When onions are nice and translucent, toss in zucchini and garlic.
I didn't happen to have the sausage on hand so I just ground some pork shoulder up in the food processor and added some spices.
If that's the route you're going, cube up the pork and pulse in the food processor until it's ground up.
Season w/ some salt & pepper.
Put them aside on a plate:
Using the same pan on the same heat, put about 2 tbsp. light oil (I use canola) in the bottom and toss in the ground pork.
Now, don't crucify me - I didn't have any paprika. But if I did, I'd add it in here. I put some oregano and steak seasoning in instead. Just for fun. Gabe can't tell when things taste crazy.
Keep it stirring.
Water should be boiling at this point. Throw in a handful of salt.
Add in your pasta and boil a few minutes shy of whatever it says on the box.
You don't want the Sausage going too far so turn the heat down when the sausage is almost all the way cooked.
Cut your mozzarella into large 1" cubes. Boys LOVE this.
Rolling boil, good good.
Dump pasta, good good.
Dump the onion/zucchini mixture back in.
If you have your own marinara, you're an overachiever. I use my favorite jarred:
Dump the sauce in the pot.
Add in the chunks of mozzarella: