Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sausage, Beans and Pasta

My son dislocated his shoulder playing golf this week.  When he was in 6th grade, he got a stress fracture in his leg playing tackle football, so we decided he needed to play something safe.  You know, no contact.  Golf seemed like the perfect sport.  After all, as long as you don't play in a lightning storm, there doesn't seem to be many ways you can hurt yourself.  Enter the Thinker.  His coach was showing him a new way to swing.  He missed the ball completely and hit the Earth.  Not  a "dig up a clump of dirt" kind of hit, but an "I am going to hit the Earth out of orbit" hit.  Guess what?  The Earth didn't move and his shoulder did.

Here's the thing.  The Thinker didn't panic.  He simply reached back and attempted to pop it back in place.  When it didn't go all the way, he lay down on the fairway and pressed it back in.  He attributed his calm, quick thinking actions to his "superior Boy Scout training."  Whatever it was, it was amazing.  The doctor said that nothing was torn and that all he has to do is take it easy for a few weeks.

How I am going to segue into the recipe is beyond me.  So I will just let you have it.  It's an old tried and true from Sunset.

Sausage, Beans and Pasta (taken from Sunset's Low Fat Cookbook in the early 1990s)
1 pound Italian sausage cut into pieces
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced (or a large spoonful of the kind in the jar)
1 can chicken broth
1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
3 cups cooked pasta
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
In a 5-6 quart pan, combine the sausage, onion, garlic and 1/4 cup chicken broth over medium to medium high heat.  Stir often until browned bits stick to the pan and add another 1/4 cup broth and stir again until liquid is gone.  Add remaining broth, beans, pasta, tomato sauce and seasoning.  Stir until heated through.  Remove from the stove, stir in the cheese.  Salt and pepper as you wish.


Tina said...

This does look like a hearty delicious meal. I am very much into the pasta sausage thing-lots of flavor and very filling.
Glad your son is ok, he will need to take it easy on that shoulder though. I do not think I could have popped my shoulder back in on my own-in fact just thinking about it makes my shoulder hurt!

Irena Stanisavljevic said...

Love the dish, perfect for the Fall. Glad that your baby is fine:)

Ann said...

OMG! I'm glad your son is okay! ...and that he didn't panic! I would have run around flopping my arm all over the golf course! The recipe looks tasty and no segue needed!

Blackswan said...

OMG, I'm so sorry! Must've been painfully hell for him. Gosh, my hubby is a golfer & my son picked up when he was in elementary sch too. Didn't know it can be so rough.

Kristen, u may wanna chk out this magic antidote that I've just tried & did a review: SK-II Wrinkle Specialist Review Hope this anti-ageing cream will chase those stress away. Cheers!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Uh. Your kid is pretty hard core. I'm not sure I could calmly pop my shoulder back in!! This pasta at least gives him some comfort after that pain!

Lizzy said...

Ouch! The Thinker is sure level headed...I'd be freaking out :) Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe~

Sandra said...

Happy to hear your son is OK. He took it well, I'd still be moaning and wailing. Unless of course I had a yummy meal like this waiting for me. Good combination of carbs and protein in an all in one dish.

Sandi G said...

Yikes..way to think fast!

And that's how life at home works-one segue to the next ;)

Nice post, hearty go-to-meal-

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

Oh my goodness! My son fell off a bed when he was four and did the same thing. Glad to hear your's will be all right. Good chance to show him a little TLC...

Erin said...

So glad to hear he is ok! My son is 6, and I am not ready for any of that. Can't they just stay little forever!
Great pasta dish to make to at least comfort him and yourself a little!

Susan Lindquist said...

Okay ... so THIS is a strange coincidence! I guess one could say you cooked your son the ultimate comfort food ... and I'm here to tell you I nominated you to complete the My Seven Links blog project ... check out my space to read all about it.

Tell me your son wasn't on the 7th hole when he dislocated his shoulder! It's strange enough with the 'links' thing going with golf and sausage in your recipe!

Anyway, Kristen ... tag, you're it. Hope you have time to take a look back at all your work! In the meantime, this is my next pasta fix!

Aleksandra Nearing said...

Wow, what a brave guy! Hope he recovers quickly. The recipe looks wonderful! I love using Italian sausage.

Amy said...

That kid is a rock star! Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh this week!

kita said...

lol. How awesome of him to just try to take care of it and keep his self together while doing so.
This pasta dish looks great - comforting, yummy and super filling!

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