Friday, August 1, 2014

Grilled Sausage & Asparagus Fettuccine Alfredo

Since Maggie was born I have not been doing as much cooking as I used to. It can be difficult to cook with a baby around and now she has started crawling, so it's even more difficult! Recently I came up with a new recipe inspired by different ingredients I picked up in Target one day. This turned out to be so easy and delicious! Josh and I both loved it, and Jack liked it too! I have made it multiple times now. It's such an easy meal for a busy weeknight or for entertaining.

1 package Italian chicken sausage (I used the Simply Balanced brand from Target)
1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed
1/2 - 16 oz. package fettuccine noodles
1 jar alfredo sauce
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper

Heat grill to medium heat.

Cook fettuccine noodles according to package directions. While they cook, pour alfredo sauce into large pan and warm on medium low heat. You just need to warm the sauce, so if it starts to bubble, turn heat to low.

Drizzle olive oil over asparagus and toss so that they are well coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place sausage and asparagus on grill. Cook sausage according to package directions. Usually about 4 minutes per side. Grill asparagus about 3-4 minutes per side, until crisp but not blackened. Remove sausage and asparagus from grill. Slice sausage and cut asparagus into thirds. Add to alfredo sauce in pan. Drain noodles and add to sauce. Toss all ingredients together and serve. Add salt and pepper to taste.

If you don't want to grill, the sausage has instructions for other ways to cook it. And you can saute or roast the asparagus instead of grilling. I've also tried this with fresh spinach instead of asparagus. I chopped it and sauteed it in a pan then added the sauce, sausage, and noodles. There are plenty of variations you could make!