Well, this came together nicely…
I was stumped on what to make tonight. I had 3 bratwurst, a bunch of spinach, some red and yellow peppers, and the leftover spicy aioli. Here’s what I came up with:
3 bratwurst (Italian sausage would be preferred but that’s what I had)
2 shallots, minced
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 peppers, red or yellow, rough chop one and thin slice the other
4-5 C spinach, thin sliced
1-2 t crushed red pepper
4 T apple cider vinegar
1/4 C spicy aioli*
2-3 T olive oil
1 C chicken bone broth
1/2 can coconut milk
1 box lentil penne (3 svg), cooked per instructions (I used @tolerantfoods red lentil penne)
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
Add 1/2 the oil to a large cast iron skillet and heat on medium/high heat. Add red pepper flakes. When they start to sizzle, add the sausage and sear, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides. Remove from pan and set aside. Once cool, slice very thin.
While the sausage cooks, add the remaining oil to a large pot and heat on medium heat. Add the garlic and shallots and sauté for 2 mins, stirring frequently. Add the chopped pepper and cook 3-4 mins or until starting to soften. Add the broth and scrape any brown bits from bottom of pan. Reduce heat to medium/low and simmer for 10 mins. Remove from heat and add coconut milk, aioli, and 3 T apple cider vinegar. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
In the same pan used for the sausage, return to medium/high heat and add thin sliced peppers, cook for 4-5 mins or until peppers begin to soften. Add spinach and cook for 1 min. Remove from heat and add remaining T of apple cider vinegar.
Add veggie mix, sliced sausage, and penne to pot with sauce. Put on medium heat, stir to combine, and until heated through.
Top with crushed red pepper, Parmesan, and parsley.
*You probably don’t have leftover spicy aioli laying around. So, you can make some (mayo, garlic chili sauce, lime juice, salt) OR you can increase the coconut milk and add the chili garlic sauce and lime juice directly to the sauce.