Mardi Gras Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound smoked pork sausage or andouille sausage, cut on the bias
  • 1 - 1.5 pounds chicken breast tenderloins cut into chunks, about 1 inch each
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Dried seasonings
    • salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried basil, dried oregano
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into coins
  • 1/2 large purple onion, cut into julienne slices
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth/stock
  • 1 jar alfredo sauce
  • fettuccine noodles (I usually use 1 pound)
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

Method:

Gather up your team players... julienne slices of various peppers, a large clove of garlic, part of a red onion, and some baby carrots.   Next, cut up your chicken and andouille sausage. Season the chicken LIBERALLY!  This seasoning will carry the whole sauce!  Salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil, oregano.  (whatever strikes your fancy)

Heat a large (12”) skillet and add olive oil.  Season chicken heavily and add to HOT oil – you want the outside to sear!  Add the sausage pieces to the chicken.  Once the fat starts coming out of the sausage, and the chicken is starting to brown nicely, add veggies on top of meat – stir to sauté. The flavors need to ‘marry’ for a while.  When chicken is almost done, add chicken broth to deglaze. Stir together.

Tip -  I leave my veggies sliced or in a large dice so the “picky eaters” can pick them out. Cut them however you most enjoy them.  Plus, they look really pretty like that.  :)

Add jar of Alfredo sauce and stir together. Simmer for a while.

Boil water for fettuccine in medium/large pot.  Boil noodles according to directions on package; drain, and immediately add to sauce.

Garnish with chopped parsley or chopped, fresh basil if desired. Serve with fresh French bread.  

Tip - you will want to leave your sauce “soupier” than you really want it. It will thicken as it sits, and once you add the pasta in, the noodles will absorb a lot of the juice as well.