Planning and making meals are by far two of my least favorite tasks of the week. I once lived in an apartment by myself in downtown Asheville, and I would cook for hours, but those days have long gone by. I love to try new recipes and spend time in the kitchen, but once I became a mom, that all changed, and for the better I would have to say. Now I would rather spend my time engaged with the boys or exercising. I know the day will again come when I can spend extended lengths of time in the kitchen, probably sooner that I would like. For now, I’m trying to embrace the craziness of motherhood and make life a bit more efficient.
I am always on the lookout for quick and healthy dishes that everyone in my family will enjoy. It’s tricky sometimes because our six-year old and I like healthy, quirky foods while my husband and my three-year are much more traditional with their culinary desires (meat, potatoes, pasta, etc.). Interestingly, the recipe I’m sharing with you today fulfills all of those requirements and is simple to make. Further, I used Richard’s products. Richard’s is a family-owned company out of Louisiana that only recently brought their flavorful, Cajun-style products to my state of North Carolina.
Richard’s makes a number of products, including single-serve bowls, sausages and other items. I’ve eaten the single-serve bowls several times for lunch and the sausages are great to include in rich, delicious dishes such as the one I am sharing with you today. If you live in North Carolina, you should be able to find Richard’s products in Ingles or Harris Teeter. Richard’s has a great family story which all started with Grandma Richard cooking in her small grocery store in Church Point, Louisiana.
For this recipe, I used Richard’s Andouille Smoked Sausages. The full flavor of this product really made the dish scrumptious. All you need for this recipe are several healthy ingredients and one pot. Seriously, you throw everything in one pot and cook. It’s amazing! Below is the full recipe.
- 16 oz package Richard's Andouille Smoked Sausage
- One box whole wheat spaghetti
- One pint grape tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
- Three large garlic cloves very thinly sliced
- One small onion thinly sliced
- Two cups basil leaves
- Pinch of sea salt
- One cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Bring 6 cups of water to a boil
- Put all ingredients in the pot, except the Parmesan cheese
- Cover and cook on a low boil for about 30 minutes or until pasta is tender
- Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese (the water and cheese mixed created a light cream sauce)
I can’t tell you how simple this recipe is. Someone had told me about it a while back and just didn’t believe that everything would cook together like that, but it does! The Richard’s sausages were perfect for this dish. They really add a bold flavor. My family really enjoyed this meal, and I have already taken leftovers for lunch several times.
Enjoy this easy-t0-make, Cajun-style, yummy meal!
This is a sponsored campaign on behalf of the North Carolina Blogger Network and Richard’s Cajun Foods. While I was compensated for my time, opinions are 100% my own.