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Friday, January 22, 2016

Creamy Goat Cheese Sausage "Pasta"

Creamy Goat Cheese Sausage "Pasta"

YUM!   Today I did something a little different for lunch based on a recent Goat Cheese craving I've been having. About a month ago I cut out all dairy (more on that another time!)  Eliminating cheese and milk and all things dairy has gone pretty smooth actually, but this Goat Cheese log was staring longingly at me from the grocery store fridge last week and I could not resist it!  It has been waiting patiently to be used and enjoyed; today was that day. 

I heated up some Hearty Tomato Sauce, tossed in the Goat Cheese to make it a creamy pink sauce, along with some spicy Turkey Sausage, and served it all over some Zucchini "spaghetti" pasta (meaning yes, this is a Gluten Free* meal!)  Every. Single. Bite. Delicious. 

If you love Goat Cheese the way I do, this is a great application:  Hot liquid/ Hot sauce + Goat Cheese = instant cream sauce to use on anything and everything!!!

Here is how I did it:

-Heated Veggie packed Hearty Tomato Sauce up on stove (which I made yesterday - recipe for that is below)

Veggie packed Hearty Tomato Sauce

-Veggeti'd a medium Zucchini to make the quick GF* Zucchini Spaghetti!



-Put 2 Tbsp of Goat Cheese into the bottom of a large bowl
-Topped that with 1/3 cup precooked spicy Turkey Sausage, chopped
-Added 1 cup of the heated Hearty Tomato Sauce and stirred everything up into a melty pinky delicious cream sauce
-Poured that onto the Zucchini Spaghetti
-Topped with a little fresh cut Cilantro
-Ate and thoroughly enjoyed!

Here is a close up:




*As always, if you follow a Gluten Free diet because of a serious medical condition, please be sure to double check the ingredient lists of all foods used in these recipes; using "Certified" GF products is safest, as Gluten likes to hide in all sorts of things!!




Hearty Tomato Sauce Recipe:

Heat 1-2 Tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in pan
Add a large pinch of Red Pepper Flake (or less if you don't like things too spicy)
Add 4 large cloves of Garlic, sliced (or less if you don't like things too garlicky)
Heat through, stirring a minute or two 
Add 1/2 large can of Organic diced Tomatoes
Simmer 15 minutes 
Add 1 pint of Mushrooms, sliced and 1 cup of Sweet Peas
Simmer another 15 minutes
Add handfuls of fresh Baby Spinach, cover and turn off heat
Allow to cool, stir Spinach into dish and the put in fridge overnight to enjoy tomorrow! 

You could eat this right away, but sauces like this one always taste better the next day, because all the flavors have had a chance to marinate and marry!