I swear our lives will slow down eventually…in just under two months. This past weekend we were in St. Louis, MO and Springfield, IL for my friend Allison’s wedding. It was a blast! We flew into St. Louis early on Friday morning and spent the day exploring there. Caught lunch with one of my coworkers who is in the St. Louis office, and hung out with our friend Brian for the rest of the day. After dinner we had just a little 1.5 hr drive up to Springfield. That went super fast compared to the 8-12 hours road trips we started the month with. I’ve only been to Springfield once before and boy did I forget how much that town loves Lincoln…
Saturday was an absolute blast, such a nice ceremony and fun reception. My friends Rachel and Kara made the trip down from Milwaukee, completing the fun.
Due to the crazy business of our lives, actually caring about our budgets (thanks, Dave Ramsey…) and a free Everyday with Rachel Ray Subscription that I scored with my most recent Fabletics order, we’re moving to easier (yet still delicious) recipes. One of the recent issues had a whole slew of really delicious looking 5 ingredient recipes, so we’ll be testing those bad boys out over the next weeks/months. Quick, easy, and cheap, that’s my kind of meal! Here’s the first of many –
Squash & Sausage Pasta (recipe from here)
- 3/4 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed*
- 1/2 pound summer squash, quartered lengthwise then sliced
- 5 ounces goat cheese
- 12 ounces farfalle pasta
- 3 tablespoons torn mint leaves
- Optional: herbs and red pepper flakes for seasoning
- Cook Pasta, being sure to save ¾ cup of the pasta water
- In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat, until browned and crumbled (about 7 minutes)
- Transfer Sausage to a plate
- Add squash to the same skillet and cook on medium-high, stirring often (about 4 minutes). Season with salt, pepper, and other desired herbs.
- In the pot used to cook the pasta, stir in the pasta with the cheese and the reserved pasta water. Season with salt and pepper.
- Top pasta with sausage, squash, and mint leaves. Enjoy!
*We used Trader Joe’s sweet italian chicken sausages for our version. It was still pretty delicious but we decided that we’d go with regular sausage next time – more flavor.