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Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Arugula

Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Arugula
I’ve kind of been dreading writing this post. Don’t get the wrong idea here – nothing terrible has happened, but in 3 short days, something significant is going to happen. And it involves a birthday. And the numbers 3 and 0. 
I can barely look at those numbers together. I’m just not entirely sure I am ready for this. I don’t feel that old. Not that 30 is old, because, here I am, about to turn it…but something inside of me kind of wants to curl up on the couch and hyperventilate a little bit. And so I decided I wanted to do something “Drastic” in celebration of such a monumental birthday…
  • Cut my hair? No, I like my rather simple hair style where I don’t really have to do anything with it.
  • Dye my hair a crazy color – like purple? Sounds fun, but honestly, I have never ever dyed my hair, and I am kind of nervous about it. What if it ruins my natural color, which I happen to love? 
  • Tattoo? I like the idea of a tattoo, but not of actually getting one. Until I can decide 100% what and where and how I want a tattoo, I won’t get one. I once saw a girl with a tattoo of a potato on her ankle…because she got drunk one night and she thought it was funny. Oh boy… 
  • Go on a crazy diet and loose 20 pounds? Pa-leaz…Not gonna happen. LOL
  • A piercing maybe? But where? And is 30 too old to have fun piercings? Probably… 
Finally, I decided on something that may not sound as drastic as all that, but will still make a dramatic impact on my life. First, I want to start incorporating fish into out diet. Both Joel and I grew up in the midwest, where the only fresh fish was catfish and bluegill, and we never really grew a taste for either. Not that the Mid Ohio Valley has a ton of fresh fish choices, either, but we can always buy it frozen, right? And there have been a few times where we were at expensive restaurants and bought it and liked it. So apparently I just like fancy expensive fish, haha. Ok, so here is where I need your help! I know NOTHING about fish. Not a thing! So, tell me – how do you like to cook it? What is your absolute favorite fish dish that you would serve to a fish hater? Haha
Secondly, and this is a super big one for me… I am going to start running. Ugh. I hate even typing that word. Running is definitely my least favorite thing, but it is such a good form of exercise. And I need something, because there is definitely zero exercising happening right now. Plus this is free, and if I get a jogging stroller I can take ladybug with me. And when Joel is home, we can all go as a family, and there will be zero excuses. Except when its cold. Or raining. So… what are your best running resources for beginners? 
Great weeknight recipe that is healthy, and quick! Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Arugula
Ok, so you probably want to know something about this pasta dish, huh? It’s perfect for a weeknight, or when you are in a rush. Its simple to throw together, relatively healthy, and tastes delicious. There you have it, the perfect trifecta – easy to throw together, healthy, and relatively cheap! 

Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Arugula

by The Gingered Whisk
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: saute entree low-fat arugula pasta sausage
Ingredients (4 servings)
  • 9 ounces fettuccine
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 6 ounces turkey sausage
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups baby arugula leaves
  • 2 ounces Romano cheese, shredded
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain in a colander, reserving 2/3 cup cooking liquid.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Remove the casings from the sausage, break into bite size pieces and add to pan.
Cook 3 minutes, or until browned, stirring frequently to crumble.
Add garlic, cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly, until fragrant.
Add the tomatoes and pepper.
Cover the pan and cook 2 minutes.
Mash the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon to break them up.
Cover the pan back up, reduce the heat to low, and cook 3 minutes.
Remove the pan from heat.
Add the pasta, 2/3 cup reserved cooking liquid, and arugula.
Toss well and sprinkle with Romano cheese.
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    December 29, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Happy early 30th birthday! I hope you have a great day! I felt like that when I turned 30, but it's all good! Yummy pasta dish as well.

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    shelley c.
    December 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Happy (almost) birthday! I tried to start running over the summer. You may just guilt me into it… 🙂 And that pasta sounds AMAZING – all my favorite ingredients!

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    December 30, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    I don't like running, or fish. I do like pasta though. I really like pasta. 🙂

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      December 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      I'm right there with you, Ilan! 🙂

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    My Italian Smorgasbord
    December 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    your pasta looks restaurant perfect. seriously. happy birthday and I understand what you mean about the exercise. each time I resolve going my 3 year old starts screaming "mamma don't leave me". I mean, it is tough enough to make up our mind to do something unpleasant… I guess the best would be to wake up very early and go BEFORE the little monster wakes up. I knew a mother or two who did that. my favorite way to have fish is "al cartoccio". which is, place some fish fillets in individual alluminium foil wraps and put in whatever you like, examples: cherry tomatoes, onions, basil or mint, olives, whatever really. close the wrap and cook for about 25 minutes. it will be steamed and juicy inside. and 30 is YOUNG!!!! cheers, Barbara

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      December 30, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      Thanks, Barbara! 🙂 I know, its hard to exercise with little ones! I already wake up super early, waking up even earlier makes me cringe. LOL. I like sleep!! Thanks for the fish recipe, I'll give it a try!!

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    December 30, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Yummy! I love this combo together. Super easy to put together and very tasty.

    Happy early birthday!

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    January 3, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    30 is young! Oh so young! I like your goals and the looks of this pasta — yum yum yum!

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