This post is sponsored by ALDI. We were provided with a gift certificate to use towards the purchase of ingredients used to make this recipe. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% our own.
Last night we made this DELICIOUS Whole Grain Spaghetti with Turkey Sausage, Goat Cheese, Peppers & Onions recipe that is featured on ALDI’s blog. We were able to round up all of the ingredients at ALDI. As it cooked, the aroma throughout the house was incredible. We knew that if dinner tasted HALF as good as it smelled, we were in for a real treat. It was SCRUMPTIOUS!
Round up the ingredients and try it out for yourself!
You will need:
1 Box of Fit & Active Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti
4 Tbsp. Carlini 100% Pure Olive Oil, divided, plus more for garnish
2 lbs. Fit & Active Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage,casing removed and torn into bite-size pieces
2 sweet onions, root end removed and cut into 1/4-inch slices lengthwise
1 package tricolor peppers, cut into 1/2-inch slices and then halved (if very long)
Stonemill Essentials Iodized Table Salt
1/3 cup drained Tuscan Garden Hot or Mild Giardiniera or Pepperoncini; Peppers or Banana Peppers, finely chopped, plus more for garnish
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 log Happy Farms Preferred Garlic & Herb Goat Cheese, at room temperature
Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook turkey sausage, breaking up pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through (work in batches, if necessary, to avoid overcrowding your pan).
Place on a paper-towel-lined plate.
Add remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil to pan and cook onions and peppers until softened and starting to brown (again, working in batches, if necessary, to avoid overcrowding your pan), about 8 minutes.
Season with 1/2 tsp. salt.
Add Giardiniera and garlic and cook 1 minute longer, stirring frequently.
Meanwhile, generously salt a large pot of water and bring to a boil.
Cook pasta until “al dente” according to package directions, drain, and reserve 1 cup cooking liquid.
Place 3/4 cup cooking liquid in a large bowl and add goat cheese, whisking to combine.
Return pasta to pot along with goat cheese mixture, sausage, and pepper mixture.
Over low heat, toss to thoroughly combine and add reserved ¼ cup pasta cooking liquid, if necessary, so that sauce is smooth and creamy.
Divide among pasta bowls, drizzle with a splash of olive oil, and serve with additional Giardiniera, if desired.
What are the first thoughts that enter your mind when thinking about ALDI and wine together? Discount? Cheap?
I love a good glass of wine. I’m not overly picky but my wine enthusiasm has evolved to the point where I do appreciate a QUALITY wine. One thing I have learned over the years is to not judge a wine by its label or bottle or even box. Just because a wine has a cheaper price tag does not always mean the taste has been compromised in order to cut cost.
I have been curious about ALDI’s wine selection for years now, always wondering if the bargain price tag meant a lesser quality wine. I recently had the chance to sample a selection of ALDI’s wine (I know, I know, it’s a rough job LOL). I had several takeaways that I just had to share with you.
The truth about ALDI wine:
ALDI sells a variety of wine, from white to red, and the selection is a good one.
Many bottles of wine at ALDI sell for under $10 each.
I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between their wine and a couple of the bottles already in my wine rack from the state store.
Several friends were completely surprised when I told them the wine they were drinking (and raving about) came from ALDI.
When you’re shopping for wine at ALDI, you’d better not forget to shop from their gourmet cheese and meat selection, because they pair amazingly well with the wines.
Bob and I enjoyed the Broken Clouds Pinot Noir SO much, it was gone before I had the chance to take a picture of the bottle. #truth #sorrynotsorry
Check out this video from ALDI to see how other wine aficionados thought their wine measured up!
Have you ever tried wine from ALDI? If so, what are your favorite labels? If not, would you consider trying it?
About a year ago, we began to notice some new products on the shelves at our local ALDI. It seemed that every trip, there was at least one new ORGANIC product. We certainly shop on a budget and we certainly love to buy organic products when we can afford them. Sometimes it can be very frustrating to have to go without organics, just because the price tags that accompany them tend to be so high.
ALDI now offers a wide array of USDA certified organic products. The prices might really surprise you.
Okay, okay, cheaper organics. But how cheap are we really talking? A few cents less than the price at Whole Foods?
No, friends. We’re talking DOLLARS cheaper in many instances.
A can of organic tomato sauce for $.79
A 4-pack of organic Applesauce pouches for the kids at $2.29
A box of organic spaghetti or linguine at $1.29/box
A box of organic mac and cheese shells for $1.39
A bag of organic lentils for $1.99
These prices are great for NON-organic versions! But organic? Amazing!
10 organic ALDI products that always find their way into our cart:
Organic Spaghetti Sauce
Organic pasta shells and cheddar cheese
Organic applesauce pouches
Also totally worth mentioning – we have noticed MANY certified NON-GMO products cropping up at ALDI as well. Among some of our favorites are applesauce (I use this for baking, in place of oil!) and pretzel slims (my fave afternoon snack).
Have you been to ALDI lately? Have you tried any of their organic products? What are your favorites?