Efficient meal solutions are my favorite thing to look up. The one that has caught my eye recently are all those one pot meal recipes. Its always felt very weird even if the idea does work. The coincidence of the situation was that we had sausage and chicken that needed to be cooked and a crazy amount of pasta so I decided to find a Pinterest recipe which didn’t actually happen that matched with I wanted but found a similar one so used it as a guideline.
One Pot Chicken and Sausage Pasta
This is the recipe that I used as a guideline to see how it all worked: http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2015/10/15/one-pot-cajun-chicken-and-sausage-alfredo/
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 chicken drumsticks, skin removed and meat separated from bone
4 honey-garlic sausages, cut in pieces
1 zucchini, chopped
salt & pepper
- Heat olive oil in a large cooking pot over medium heat.
- Add chicken, both the bite size pieces and the bones to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken.
- Add in the sausages to the pot and cover the pot so it can cook through.
- Add in the garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add in chicken broth and dried pasta. The broth has to cover the meat and pasta. Add water if not enough broth.
- Stir the ingredients together and bring to a simmer.
- When it simmers, lower the heat. Cover and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Make sure pasta is cooked. Remove the pot from heat.
The one pot experiment was pretty successful. What makes things that simmer or bake in the oven really great is that you can set a timer and walk away to do something else. In terms of cooking, it still takes the same amount of time if you did it all separately, except here the bulk of time is on preparation and it frees up a little more time as everything cooks are about the same time. I would love to try this with some variety.
Have you tried doing one pot recipes?