I am always looking for a unique way to serve pasta and this seemed like a great idea to me! It especially works for my picky-eater, who will be happy with just the pasta in this dish.
So, I wanted to create a kabob for Johnsonville's Kabob Ceation's Contest. The grand prize is a Big Green Egg Grill and a year's supply of Johnsonville sausage. Those Green Eggs are so Mork & Mindy and I want one on my deck. Like now.
Anyway, this is a really fun entertaining dish. And it's stress-free. Make a big pot of pasta and use your favorite marinara sauce. Then add Johnsonville Italian sausage, mushrooms and green pepper to your skewers, the idea being to mimic the flavors of what you might find in some pasta dishes. I think you could also add cubed pepperoni to make it taste like a combo pizza. I will try that next time.
I used the Pampered Chef BBQ Flexible Basket to grill my kabobs. It made it so easy to turn the kabobs without the meat and veggies spinning around when I went to flip them over.
The meat and veggies came out perfect, without any burning. This was the first time I had done kabobs in a basket and I have to say it was a positive experience!
The sausage and veggies come off the skewer easily for everyone to enjoy their meal. The presentation is really fun and is just a new way to enjoy an awesome sausage dish!!
- 1 package Johnsonville Italian Sausage, sliced into 2" pieces
- 1 large green pepper, cut into 2" wedges
- 16 ounces whole button mushrooms
- 2 Tablespoons peanut oil or other high temperature oil
- 1 pound pasta, use any shape noodle
- 1 (24 ounce) jar marinara sauce
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, minced
- Preheat grill. In a bowl, toss green pepper and mushrooms with oil. Thread sausage, green pepper and mushrooms to skewers. (If you are using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for 20 minutes before threading your sausage and vegetables onto them.)
- Place skewers in a grill basket or directly on grill. Turning every few minutes until done; about 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions and warm up marinara sauce.
- To serve, place pasta on dish adding desired amount of sauce. Place sausage skewer on top. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
*Disclosure: Johnsonville and I have a working relationship where I create recipes using their products. The sausage and the Pampered Chef Flexible basket were both provided by Johnsonville to create this recipe.
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