Frugal Living: One Skillet Meal with what I had on hand

United States
September 21, 2022 9:33pm CST
Firstly, I want to say that I made enough of this in a skillet to serve three to four people. If I served a salad with it, easily four. I started with two chicken andouille sausages. I added onions and celery, and I browned all of them up in a little bit of olive oil. Then I added some acini di pepe, which is a form of pasta. The name is Italian for "seeds of pepper". It's very similar to couscous. But I toasted it with the olive oil and the other things that were in the pan, before adding enough water and bouillon to cook it. I also added two tablespoons of jarred salsa, and turn the heat down and covered it until the pasta absorbed the liquid. Then, I added some frozen peas to the mix, and heated it all up until it was done. Sometimes, I make something like this with rice, but I do enjoy the small pastas to use in this kind of fashion. These are the kinds of things that you can use to feed a larger family for little money. All you have to do is cut up a couple of sausages or use a small amount of meat and it extends that meal so that you can feed more than just what we would serve if you gave them each one or two sausages each. It's nothing fancy, but it can be quite delicious and give you all sorts of options to feed a family. Photo is my own
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@arunima25 (75965)
• Bangalore, India
22 Sep
Wow! That looks so delicious and tempting . I would love that without meat. It looks very similar to one of the meals that I cook with pearl millet.. That is healthy and very yummy.
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• United States
22 Sep
Thank you. I often make something like this as a vegetarian dish or I will use kidney beans in it and have it more highly spiced.
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• United States
23 Sep
@arunima25 I enjoy a little bite to it, but cannot handle the hottest of spices much any more. moderate heat is fine.
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@arunima25 (75965)
• Bangalore, India
23 Sep
@TheSojourner Wow! Sounds good. Full of nutritional goodness and I am sure that the spices do the magic. I enjoy spicy food ( moderately spicy).
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@RubyHawk (71571)
• Atlanta, Georgia
22 Sep
That’s my kind of cooking except without the meat.
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• United States
22 Sep
As I mentioned to Arunima, I will often make this with red beans and the vegetables, including green bell
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@RubyHawk (71571)
• Atlanta, Georgia
22 Sep
@TheSojourner I mix all sorts of vegetables at different times.
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• United States
22 Sep
@RubyHawk I like that you are open-minded about many things.
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@LadyDuck (409238)
• Switzerland
22 Sep
This sounds delicious Easy to make but tasty. I never bought the acini di pepe.
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• United States
23 Sep
@LadyDuck This one reminds me so much of Israeli couscous that I can handle it. From what I am seeing on the internet, the tempestine looks quite similar.
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• United States
22 Sep
I don't care for it much in soup, but I like it in this dry style of cooking it. This is a variation of sopa seca, I suppose. Most of the time I don't do it with all of the other ingredients except a little bit of onion and garlic
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@LadyDuck (409238)
• Switzerland
23 Sep
@TheSojourner - The only very small pasta that I like are the one called "tempestine" and the "farfalline", both egg pasta, rough surface.
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@TheHorse (160524)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Sep
Looks tasty!
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• United States
22 Sep
Thank you. It was.
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• United States
23 Sep
@TheHorse you mean, the pasta? That particular pasta is called acini de pepe
@TheHorse (160524)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Sep
@TheSojourner What are them really little things, again?
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@SonjaRae (15084)
• United States
22 Sep
That looks good. Again another photograph that has me drooling.
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• United States
22 Sep
It was easy, as you know, and quite tasty. Simple simple food
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@SonjaRae (15084)
• United States
22 Sep
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@MrDenata (2915)
• Indonesia
22 Sep
Looks so good, i never use small pasta. As long as it taste good, it doesnt matter its fancy or not. Have a great day
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• United States
22 Sep
There's something about the tiny pasta that i like. Sometimes, I'll use orzo pasta or melon seed pasta.
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• United States
22 Sep
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@MrDenata (2915)
• Indonesia
22 Sep
@TheSojourner noted, maybe i should try it sometimes, thank you so much
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@jstory07 (124843)
• Roseburg, Oregon
22 Sep
What you made looks really good.
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@marlina (151669)
• Canada
22 Sep
Looks interesting
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@aninditasen (9360)
• Raurkela, India
22 Sep
Looks and sounds delicious. I think I can try it with chicken in winter when we get fresh peas.
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• United States
22 Sep
That would be very nice.
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• Raurkela, India
23 Sep
@TheSojourner Yes, it would.
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@LindaOHio (104159)
• United States
22 Sep
A clever meal.
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• United States
22 Sep
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