Apple Sausage Pasta

Apple Sausage Pasta
Apple Sausage Pasta

This dish is kind of an accident. I like to keep chicken sausages around as they are quick and easy for nights where I don’t really want to cook but want hot food. I started buying the apple sausages recently just for something different, and they seemed to beg for a different treatment than my normal sausages and caramelized onions. Because I had apple butter from Denise’s huge apple tree stash, I figured if I could balance the sweetness, I might have a winner. Caramelized onions, a hit of garlic and a bit of vinegar, and we have a winner. This is a really different dish — it’s not overly sweet, but it’s a different tenor from anything else I make regularly, and I like the break.

Apple Sausage Pasta
Apple Sausage Pasta
Apple Sausage Pasta
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This sweet and savory apple-based pasta sauce is good over whatever pasta you may enjoy. Make it gluten-free by using the gluten-free pasta of your choice. This works best with a chicken and apple sausage, but would likely work great with a straightforward pork sausage as well.
Servings Prep Time
2 large servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 large servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 40 minutes
Apple Sausage Pasta
Print Recipe
This sweet and savory apple-based pasta sauce is good over whatever pasta you may enjoy. Make it gluten-free by using the gluten-free pasta of your choice. This works best with a chicken and apple sausage, but would likely work great with a straightforward pork sausage as well.
Servings Prep Time
2 large servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 large servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups onion quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 links chicken apple sausage sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablesoons apple butter
  • 2 Tablespoons applesauce
  • 2 servings pasta of your choice cooked according to package directions
Servings: large servings
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and stir well to coat with oil. Sprinkle with salt. Cook until caramelized, about 40 minutes, stirring about every 10 minutes. You're looking for golden brown.
  3. Add sliced sausages and cook for about 5 minutes until browned on one side, stir to flip around. If you need to cook your pasta and it takes about 10 minutes, start it now while the sausage browns.
  4. Add garlic powder, apple cider vinegar, apple butter, and applesauce. Stir well until all incorporated, and turn heat down to low.
  5. When the pasta is done, decide if you need to thin down your sauce a bit and reserve a bit of pasta water to do so. Drain your pasta and scoop the sauce over top. Mix well and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

This dish reheats pretty well, so if there's just one of you, you now have lunch.

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