The holiday season is upon us! That means more time with family and friends and busier schedules that aren’t always conducive to a sit-down meal at home unless it’s something quick and easy.
Cookbook author and blogger Jessica Fisher of the popular blogs Good Cheap Eats and Life as Mom has a fantastic solution to eating well during hectic seasons of life. Her latest cookbook Good Cheap Eats: Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less is all about getting good food on the table fast. It features 100 two-course dinners that can all be made quickly and inexpensively.
Over the past couple of months, we’ve gotten to try several of the recipes in the cookbook and have enjoyed them all. So far, the stand-out favorite that we’ve tried is the following Jambalaya Pasta with Sausage and Chicken. Oh my! The sauce is amazing with just the right amount of kick from some Cajun spice. Jessica and her publisher have allowed us to reprint the recipe here.
You’re going to want to try it! Better yet, give it a try with a glass of Riesling. Fireworks just might happen. You can use the Wine4.Me app to find the Riesling suited for your personal tastes. Make sure you have the latest app update and then simply:
- Tap on WHITE WINES.
- Scroll to RIESLING and tap it to find a list of Rieslings ranked in order of your personal taste preferences.
You can use the Wine4.Me app to find wine recommendations for many other recipes within this cookbook as well. All you need to do is:
- Scroll down and tap on FIND FOOD/WINE PAIRINGS.
- Tap on the FOOD tab.
- Type keyword into search box or scroll down to find a type of food. For instance, you could:
- Use CHILI for “Quickest Chili in the West”
- Use SPAGHETTI/PASTA WITH MEAT & TOMATO SAUCE for “Vegetable Beef Ragu”
- Use CHICKEN TENDERS for “Crispy Sage Chicken Strips”
Pick up a copy of Good Cheap Eats: Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less to help you at dinner time this holiday season. (It also makes a fantastic gift!) Then, be sure to play around with the Food and Wine Pairing feature of the Wine4.Me app and see what pairings really suit your tastes with Jessica’s recipes. Be sure to rate the new wines you try and write notes to remind you of the pairings that you’ve tried.
- 1 pound penne pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 ounces bulk hot Italian sausage
- ⅓ medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 green bell pepper, cored and chopped
- 1 cup chicken broth
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon Cajun spice blend
- chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the penne according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the sausage and onion and cook, breaking up the sausage chunks with a wooden spoon, until it starts to lose its pink color, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until the chicken is almost cooked, about 5 minutes.
- Add the broth, cream, and spice mix and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss with the chicken and sausage mixture. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.