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I love to cook don’t get me wrong.  But I am not going to lie. I have been WAY too busy lately to have the time to make myself gourmet, made from scratch meals. You guys know this. And I am sure a lot of you can relate.

Sometimes you just have to rely on pre-made items to help you when your in a time crunch.

I do my best to food prep on the week: pre-chop my veggies, cook up a grain, whatever I can to make dinner time preparation go by quicker. But when it comes to proteins, well those can be time consuming.

There are the times when pre-cooked meats are an awesome convenience, but if I am going to use these, I want to make sure they are the best quality. That is why when al fresco asked me to review some of their products, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. The fact that these products are all natural and made from quality ingredients, I knew that these would be a great addition to a meal.

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Honestly, I didn’t even know Chicken Bacon existed.

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I typically stay away from pork bacon, so I was very excited to try this out.

I was also excited about the Sweet & Smokey BBQ flavor for the Chicken Sausage.

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I was trying to think of what might be a good pairing, and remembered that a client had given me a jar of authentic pasta sauce from Italy. I know authentic sauces don’t typically have too many seasonings in them, so I thought the smokiness of the sausage would be a good compliment.

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It’s way to hot to be grilling outside here in Phoenix, so we decided to use our indoor grill to heat up the sausages.

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Still got the perfect grill marks!

I mixed everything together and a delicious dinner was put together in no time.

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I was right in that the sausage added just the right amount of flavor to the pasta.

And this meal couldn’t have been more simple to make.

All you need is your favorite pasta, a jar of your favorite pasta sauce and al fresco pre-cooked sausage.

The great thing is there are many different flavors of sausage to choose from. So whatever mood you’re in, there a flavor.

I am not going to lie, I am not usually a huge sausage fan of any variety, but I truly really enjoyed these sausages. I am very eager to try the other flavors and varieties!

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What are you favorite pre-cooked items to use when you’re short on time?

Do you have a favorite recipe using sausage? Please share!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of al fresco. The opinions and text are all mine.