Take-out Tuesday, Lite & Spicy Sausage Pasta

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I pinned this recipe last month from the blog kevin and amanda.  They insisted that it was fast, easy, and loaded with “knock your socks off” flavor.  That made it a perfect candidate for Take-out Tuesday!  Easier than picking up take out and healthier because you can control what’s in it~let me share this with you today

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The main ingredients in this dish are smoked sausage, pasta and rotel tomatoes and green chilies

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A little onion, garlic, chicken broth, cream and cheese makes this pasta creamy and delicious. I used Lite Smoked Sausage, half the fat and calories and it was delicious.  I did use heavy cream only because I had some but I think 1/2 n 1/2 would work just as well.

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Slice the sausage and brown in a large skillet over medium heat.  After the sausage begins to brown toss in the onion. I used a sweet onion but use whatever you like.  Add the minced garlic.  Your kitchen is starting to smell amazing!

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After the sausage is browned and the onion is translucent, 15 minutes or so, add the broth, cream, and Rotel and pasta.  Yes THE RAW PASTA! It will cook to a delightful tenderness in the liquids!  Season with S&P, bring to a boil and cover.  Simmer for 15 minutes.

NOTE:  The original recipe says you can add the cheese and finish the dish now, after 30 minutes total cooking time.  I started mine 2 hours before we ate so I just turned the burner way down low for about an hour and then proceeded to finish it by stirring in the cheese.  I did not put mine under the broiler, just covered and cooked in a few more minutes on medium to melt the cheese and insure it was hot.

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See how the pasta got all plump and happy?

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Time for the cheese!  I used Vermont Sharp White Cheddar instead of Monterey Jack, just because, well just because I think it has wonderful flavor and I think Monterey Jack is boring not as flavorful.

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Garnish with a little chopped green onion

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and serve it up!

This dish gets a nice little kick from the Rotel, it really punches up the flavor!

LITE & SPICY SAUSAGE PASTA   for a printable version click here

adapted from kevinandamanda.com

1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (10 oz) can RoTel tomatoes and green chiles, Mild
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 oz corkscrew, penne, rigatoni, ziti or macaroni pasta
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
4 oz sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions

1. Add olive oil to an oven-safe skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Add sausage and onions and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

2. Add broth, tomatoes, cream, pasta, salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, cover skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.

3. Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with scallions. Broil until cheese is melted, spotty brown, and bubbly.

Enjoy!
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Comments
4 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Lite & Spicy Sausage Pasta”
  1. I am going to have to try Vermont white cheddar! never tasted this before my friend.

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  2. lulu says:

    I make something similar to this and the hubby loves it. Of course, put sausage in something and it’s always a favorite.

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  3. Emily says:

    This recipe looks delicious. I know it would get raves here from my husband. Thanks for sharing this one.

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  4. Mary says:

    Sounds delicious Jenna and I love that it’s one pot! Vermont cheddar sounds like a great substitution!

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