"These Italian-style savory oats are full of rich flavors like garlic, basil, and tomato. The texture is similar to that of risotto, but the meal comes together much quicker than risotto would," says Fear of Bananas's Stephanie Smith.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 link sun-dried tomato and basil chicken sausage, chopped
2 cloves garlic, diced
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1 tablespoon red wine (optional)
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup Coach's Oats
3/4 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons pesto
1 1/4 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/2 cup pickled vegetables (optional)
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add oil, sausage, garlic, and basil and saute for 3 to 5 minutes, until browned. Remove sausage from pan and set aside. Deglaze pan by pouring in wine, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add oats, reduce heat to medium, and cook 3 to 5 minutes, until most liquid is absorbed. Mix in tomato sauce and pesto, then add sausage and cheese, mixing well until cheese is melted. Serve topped with pickled vegetables, if desired.