Chicken-Sausage Pasta Toss with Broccoli and Feta

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Hello!

Whew – busy weekend ’round these parts, what with testing out my new scarf wrapping technique (still needs a bit of work – I was slightly gagging here…)

And steam mopping all the hard surfaces in my home – YAHOO! (Those are slippers on my feet, by the way. They caused quite a ruckus on Facebook this weekend for some reason?!) I ended up purchasing the Shark Steam Pocket Mop from Walmart for $69 on Friday, then steam mopped my brains out on Saturday morning.

(Before I go any further, please know there are many steam mops on the market that I’m sure work great. This is simply my opinion regarding using this particular mop for the first time.) 

Anyways, I have always been fond of Shark products – they just seem to work, and forever, I might add. Shark had several types of steam mops to choose from, but I went with the basic model. I just have tile to clean and steam is steam. After assembling the mop in less than a minute, I filled up her water resevoir, and was steam mopping 30 seconds later.

TICKLED, people. I was so. tickled. with how well this mop cleaned my floors. The steam got up everything! My grout even looks whiter and brighter. I was especially impressed with how the steam lifted all the hairspray gunk from the bathroom floor, too. Seriously disgusting/amazing.

I’m most excited about the fact that the steamer uses plain water to clean (I’ll probably use distilled from now on per a recommendation from a reader.) Whenever I use a cleaning solution on my floors I feel like there’s a residue leftover, which, not to sound like an infomercial, seems to attract more dirt.

TEAM STEAM!

After contemplating steam cleaning my walls (this close) I chose a shower instead, then headed out for an afternoon date with Ben, complete with a Thai lunch and antique shopping at all my favorite places in town – Porch Light Antiques, West End Architectural Salvage, and Found Things!

I was on the hunt for a funky mail sorter/organizer, but sadly came up short. Rats! At least the hunt was fun (I could go antiquing every weekend) with my bestie Ben. :)

After just slaughtering the last of our sushi rice for homemade sushi night on Friday, I moved it to Saturday night to we could pick up more rice while we were out. After getting home, we wrapped, rolled, and chowed our way through a million California Rolls for dinner. You have GOT to try these!

Click here for the tutorial > (It’s from a post back in 2011.)

This morning, after a quick trip to the gym followed by grocery shopping, I worked all day then broke to make dinner - Chicken-Sausage Pasta Toss with Broccoli and Feta. So simple and delish you guys (albeit not super attractive in photographs!)

I was inspired by the fresh, store-made Chicken Feta Spinach Sausage I spied at Whole Foods this morning, which I scooped up along with broccoli, rigatoni, and feta cheese, then whipped this quick and easy dinner in about 15 minutes tonight!

Start with the sausages. If you can’t find Chicken Feta Spinach sausage, spicy Italian sausage or any other kind would work great. Cook 2 sausage links (about 1/2lb) for 4-5 minutes a side in a large skillet over medium-high heat – it doesn’t need to be 100% cooked through.

Place the cooked sausages onto a cutting board then, when they’re cool enough to handle, slice ‘em up and set ‘em aside for a sec.

Meanwhile drop 8oz rigatoni into a large pot of salted boiling water. When it has 3 minutes left until al dente, add 4 cups broccoli florets into the pot. Drain everything then return to the pot and set aside.

While that’s cookin’ away, add 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in the same skillet, then saute 1 large shallot until tender. Add 4 minced garlic cloves then cook for 30 more seconds.

Next add the sliced sausage back to the skillet and toss to combine. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the sausage is cooked all the way through. Your house will be smelling AMAZING right about now!

Pour in 1/2 cup chicken broth then let it bubble and slightly reduce for a few minutes.

Finally, add the chicken sausage mixture into the pasta and broccoli, season with salt and pepper, then toss to combine.

Scoop into bowls then top with 1 Tablespoon feta cheese each!

Chicken-Sausage Pasta Toss with Broccoli and Feta

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Serves 4

Ingredients:
8oz rigatoni pasta
4 cups broccoli florets
1/2lb Chicken Spinach Feta Sausage (about 2 links)
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large shallot, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chicken broth
salt & pepper
1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles

Directions: 

  1. Add rigatoni to a large pot of salted, boiling water. When pasta has 3 minutes left until al dente, add broccoli florets. Drain then return to pot and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage links then cook for 4-5 minutes a side (does not need to be cooked all the way through.) Remove to a plate then slice when cool enough to handle.
  3. Add extra virgin olive oil to skillet then reduce heat to medium. Add shallots then saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Add garlic then saute for 30 more seconds, stirring constantly. Add sliced sausage then toss to coat. Add chicken broth then let bubble until slightly reduced.
  4. Pour chicken sausage mixture over pasta and broccoli then season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Scoop into bowls then top with 1 Tablespoon crumbled feta cheese each.

 

Seriously, just 15 minutes to make this baby! So hearty and satisfying, I had, uh, 2 servings. What can I say, pasta tosses are my kryptonite.

Alright friends, time to kick back and relax for the evening. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Comments

  1. Lauren 01.06.2013

    We have that steam mop and it IS wonderful!
    Glad you had a great weekend girl!

  2. We’re definitely going to have to give the sushi a go. Especially after you taught me how to make kale fried rice… with chicken. Your little excursion had me craving summer again and the farmer’s markets.

  3. Coleen 01.06.2013

    This looks amazing and I am def going to attempt the sushi! Love your blog ~ thank sfor sharing!

  4. Kim 01.06.2013

    Does the steam mop work on hardwood floors? If so it would be wonderful to get one.

    Love your blog!

  5. Alicia 01.06.2013

    I’ve enjoyed IGE for several months now but this is my first comment (I can’t seem to add a comment using my phone) but I must warn you… USE DISTILLED WATER in the shark.

    I recently went through two shark mops and a steam bottle warmer before figuring out the culprit was our lovely West Des Moines water. The first mop lasted about a month before randomly ‘exploding’ as if under pressure. The second mop uneventfully died within a couple months. My husband took apart the second mop (and the bottle warmer that had recently stopped working) to investigate and I can’t even describe the mess we found. The brilliant folks at Sears informed us the plethora of deposits in our WDM water ‘clogged’ up the mop until it could no longer release steam (they frequently see this). Our new mop has been working great for several months using only distilled water.

    I’m guessing the water situation also explains the change in my hair I’ve noticed since moving to Iowa. I’m looking into water softening systems (and a great clarifier).

    Enjoy the mop!!

    Alicia

  6. I have been contemplating buying a steam mop for – oh, I don’t know…forever now – but your glowing review just may put a fire under my you-know-what to finally to do :)

  7. Megan S 01.06.2013

    My mom had those slippers! Are they called Snoozies? They seem so comfy!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.06.2013

      I’m not sure! My Mom got them for Christmas but they were too small for her so she gave them to me. They’re super soft though!

  8. Ann 01.06.2013

    Which brightened your grout more…the Shark or your DIY grout cleaner?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.06.2013

      The shark. I only made it 4 rows with the grout cleaner because it hurt my knees kneeling there scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing!

  9. Melody Laake 01.06.2013

    I bought the Shark steam mop about a month ago. LOVE IT!! Also using distilled water.

  10. Becca 01.06.2013

    My girlfriends and I had a blast at Found Things on our last girls weekend. My folks just moved to the DSM area and I can’t wait to go back when I’m down for a visit!

  11. Loving those slippers…super cute! ;)

    That recipe looks great. I would love to try it with Field Roast brand vegan sausage (seriously better than the “real thing!!”).

  12. Jess 01.06.2013

    I finally caved and got a Shark (exact some one you have) a couple months ago, and I’m never going back – I love that thing!

  13. I love simple pasta dishes like this one! Thanks for another great recipe!

  14. kristin 01.06.2013

    You just so happened to mention 3 of my favorite places to frequent in the East Village. looooove them! About two months ago, I did a blog post on Hinge (in Valley Junction). You should check that place out, as well!

  15. Kristin from MN 01.07.2013

    I got the same mop for C’mas two years ago and I love it! My mom loves hers too. I use mine on linoleum and laminate wood and it works wonders. My mom uses hers on tile and hardwood.

  16. Heather 01.07.2013

    I’ve been wondering about steam mops and if they’re any good. Glad you posted about one! Another GREAT place to check out is Silo in the East Village. By far my favorite place!!

  17. Kristy 01.07.2013

    A mail sorter like this one?

    http://www.bhldn.com/shop-decor-signage/hovering-hot-air-balloon-1/productoptionids/a25e2820-34ba-437d-93c4-830622be83c9

    My husband got this for me for Christmas and I. am. INLOVE.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.07.2013

      omG, that is adorable! Where’d you hang it?

      • Kristy 01.08.2013

        We have a little nook in the dead space by our staircase– also conveniently near the front door for throwing mail into when you walk in! The chain is long– but I’m sure it can be shortened if you have a different type of space in mind!

  18. Julie 01.07.2013

    Kristin, you need to check out Beaverdale Vintage, if you haven’t already. It definitely has more of a 50s/60s/70s flair, but everything is in impeccable condition. I’ve bought a couple knick-knacks there that have fit in just fine with my more modern decor. Check ‘em out!

  19. Lisa L 01.07.2013

    I am just now discovering the GLORY of california rolls! Can’t wait to make them at home – but I have a question, what is the dipping sauce? When I had them at a Hibachi restaurant it was thicker and a bit sweeter than just plain soy sauce.

  20. Diane 01.07.2013

    I am in love with my steam mop!! I actually use it with half water/half vinegar on my tile floors. And what is better than rigatoni with anything (w/broccoli rabe aka rapini, is my fave.)

  21. Jennifer Brown 01.07.2013

    Ooo… just went to whole foods on my lunch break and picked up 2 of those sausages. Excited to try this dish out tonight!

  22. Natalie Werts 01.08.2013

    I am going to be trying this recipe soon! Yummy!

  23. Jamie Fillinger 01.09.2013

    Just made this recipe tonight and is so good and EASY!! I love how the pasta and broccoli are cooked together! Thanks and keep ‘em coming!!

  24. I second that about the Shark mop! I got one for my wedding registry and omgness it’s one of the coolest, most tickling household products I have :D The only thing is that I get into it so much that I end up with a sore upper body after mopping lol

  25. Charlene Austin 01.20.2013

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was soooo good! Thank you for the awesome recipes you share.

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  27. KJ 04.24.2013

    I made this pasta dish for the couple I work for. I added some sherry to deglaze the pan with the chicken sausage. Came out awesome!! They loved it. So did I.

  28. Teresa 12.09.2013

    Delicious! I used bow tie noodles and substituted kale for broccoli, although I’d probably use spinach next time rather than kale. Thanks for another yummy (and easy!) dinner!

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