This post is brought to you courtesy of Aidells® Sausage & Barilla® Pasta, but all the opinions and content are mine.

Can we talk about dinners during summer?

I have zero desire to cook really involved dinners right now.

This is how this pretty pasta came about.

Already cooked chicken sausage?

Yep! Sign me up!

Throw in some pasta, something green (because health), and lots of cheese.

And dinner’s done!

I purchased the Barilla® Gluten Free Penne and Aidells® Chicken & Apple Sausage at Target recently and used both to create this delicious recipe.

I’m absolutely obsessed with Aidells® products and the Chicken & Apple Sausage is one of my favorites! I love Aidells® because they are made with no nitrates and no added hormones. All their sausages are hand-crafted in small batches with hand-picked ingredients. They’re fully cooked and ready in just 8 – 10 minutes on a stove or grill on medium heat!

The Barilla® Gluten Free pasta is the number 1 gluten free pasta brand according to Nielson. They are certified gluten free and made with no GMO ingredients. They are made with a delicious blend of corn and rice and have that classic pasta taste and texture that you know and love!

I have tried a lot, a lot, a lot of gluten free pastas in my day and I have to say, this one is by far the best. If you’ve tried any, you probably know that they don’t usually hold their shape well. This one does.

I love it. So much.

This is a quick, easy, and delicious meal.

No fussy sauce here! Just reserved pasta water and goat cheese. Plus some lemon zest and juice! And if you aren’t a huge kale fan, feel free to use spinach or asparagus or whatever your green veggie of choice may be!

Before you head to Target to pick up your Barilla® Gluten Free pasta and Aidells® Chicken & Apple Sausage, be sure to download the Cartwheel app and add the offer to get 5% off Barilla pasta and sauces!

Gluten Free Lemony Goat Cheese Pasta with Sausage

Ingredients

1/2 pound Barilla® Gluten Free Penne
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 pound Aidells® Chicken & Apple Sausage, sliced
3 cups kale, chopped
4 ounces goat cheese
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon juice

Instructions

  1. Cook Barilla® Gluten Free Penne according to package instructions. Drain.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add sliced Aidells® Chicken & Apple Sausage and cook until browned and heated through. Add kale and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and stir in goat cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Add the cooked pasta and toss until coated.
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BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad - perfect for potlucks and barbecues! Pasta, chicken, cheddar cheese, bell peppers, corn, and bacon all tossed with barbecue sauce! So easy and so delicious!

Whyyy? Why does the weather do this to me? Yesterday I laid in the sun while my kids played in the sprinkler after school and today? I’m cold.

COLD.

What is this?! Texas, get it together!

Anyway, the brief moments of hot weather have me really looking forward to summer! And swimming! And beaching! And most importantly, grilling!

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad - perfect for potlucks and barbecues! Pasta, chicken, cheddar cheese, bell peppers, corn, and bacon all tossed with barbecue sauce! So easy and so delicious!

I was so desperate for barbecue yesterday after all the fun that I tossed together this quick and easy BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad for dinner.

So it’s the pasta and some chicken (I used a rotisserie one from the grocery store to make life extra simple) with bacon, cheddar cheese, red bell pepper and corn. And then it’s all tossed with my favorite Heinz BBQ Classic Sweet & Thick sauce.

Heinz has been doing really cool things in the bbq sauce world recently. Have you seen their regional varieties? They have Carolina, Texas, Kansas City, and Memphis styles and they were all crafted with local Pitmasters. Seriously cool.

The Kansas City Sweet & Smoky is my favorite among the regional bunch and it would definitely be delicious in this pasta salad. I’ve already got a bottle of it waiting for my next bbq craving!

But yes, the Heinz BBQ Classic Sweet & Thick is just as the name suggests. It’s sweet and thick and everything I love about a barbecue. This is the one I buy for my kids to dip nuggets in, it’s what I use when I do crockpot barbecue chicken, it just works for everything. I definitely always trust the great taste of Heinz.

And it worked beautifully in this pasta salad!

If you need more BBQ inspiration, head over to the Heinz BBQ official site for so many delicious recipes!

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad - perfect for potlucks and barbecues! Pasta, chicken, cheddar cheese, bell peppers, corn, and bacon all tossed with barbecue sauce! So easy and so delicious!

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Chicken Chili Mac and Cheese - the whole family will love this macaroni and cheese recipe with just a the right amount of spice!

You know when you feel so successful because you wake up Monday morning, make it to your 7:40 appointment on time, survive getting 57 vials of blood drawn, and then even manage to get your car’s oil changed? All before 10 am?

And you tweet 15 times about HOW ADULT you are and now you’re killing Monday?

And then you go home, change into your PJs, and sleep until you have to pick your kids up from school?

My life, yesterday.

Chicken Chili Mac and Cheese - the whole family will love this macaroni and cheese recipe with just a the right amount of spice!

Thankfully, I had this Chicken Chili Mac and Cheese in the fridge so I didn’t have to worry about cooking dinner.

I don’t know what possessed me to make this. The whole time I was cooking it, I was thinking, “The kids are never going to eat this.”

“Tomatoes? NOPE. Green chiles? NOPE.”

They loved it! Asked for more. Yesterday I gave them the option between this and Trader Joe’s orange chicken and they picked this!

Seriously! Tomatoes and all!

(Also, baseball’s back! If you’re a Braves fan, tweet with me! Better yet, snap me! Username: amandalivesay)

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This post is brought to you courtesy of Hillshire Farm® but all the opinions and content are mine. Cajun Tortellini Alfredo - delicious 20 minute dinner recipe! Tortellini and smoked sausage in a delicious cajun alfredo sauce!

Heeeey guys! Today I have a recipe that includes all my favorite things.

Smoked sausage, cheese, and more cheese! And guess what. It’s so easy and will take you no time at all!

Cajun Tortellini Alfredo - delicious 20 minute dinner recipe! Tortellini and smoked sausage in a delicious cajun alfredo sauce!

I used the Hillshire Farm® Beef Smoked Sausage in this recipe. This smoked sausage is one thing I know my kids will never complain about – I’ve been known to just brown it up and serve it with barbecue sauce when I’m not feeling like cooking and they really love that!

But for this recipe, I browned it up with onions and garlic and then tossed in some Cajun seasoning. I used heavy cream and Parmesan cheese to make the Alfredo part of the recipe and then tossed in some cheese tortellini.

Cajun Tortellini Alfredo - delicious 20 minute dinner recipe! Tortellini and smoked sausage in a delicious cajun alfredo sauce!

Ultimate comfort food! This is exactly the kind of meal I like this time of year. Plus, it was ready in less than 20 minutes! It’s perfect for a weeknight or a night you just don’t feel like being in the kitchen for an hour.

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Cajun Tortellini Alfredo - delicious 20 minute dinner recipe! Tortellini and smoked sausage in a delicious cajun alfredo sauce! Click for the full recipe

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An easy way to get some veggies! Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is creamy and delicious – you won’t even notice the squash!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - creamy and delicious! An easy way to get some extra veggies in your diet. This recipe is amazing!

My squash obsession continues!

I’ve even changed my grocery store because the HEB right by my house never has winter squash. So now I drive to the next city (about 3 miles away – ha!) to the HEB that does have squash.

Yesterday I was feeling particularly lazy and just went to the one close by and yep, I am squashless this week.

Whyyyy?! Why can’t they have squash?

And what is a girl supposed to eat for breakfast if she has no acorn squash?!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - creamy and delicious! An easy way to get some extra veggies in your diet. This recipe is amazing!

My husband’s ultimate favorite food is macaroni and cheese so I tend not to mess with it too much. But he’s been eating mostly paleo so I figured I’d make this for the kids and make him something else for dinner and then he couldn’t complain that I RUINED HIS MACARONI AND CHEESE!

And then guess what.

He ate over half of that dish.

He is obsessed.

He’s already asked me to make it again.

He kept telling me how light it was and how he didn’t feel disgusted after eating it. It has significantly less cheese than my usual mac and cheese recipe so it really does feel a lot lighter.

I didn’t tell the kids there was squash in it and they happily ate it for dinner and asked for more.

It’s really easy to make too. If you are pressed for time, look for already cubed butternut squash near the salad mixes and chopped broccoli in your grocery store. I haaaate cutting squash and feel no shame buying the already cut stuff sometimes.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - creamy and delicious! An easy way to get some extra veggies in your diet. This recipe is amazing!

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