Spicy Sausage Pasta

I love Pinterest. Ever since a friend introduced me to it, I’ve become a bit of an addict. Then it dawned on me that I’ve pinned so many recipes, yet haven’t really tried any of them! Pinterest is slowly forming a world of people who love looking at pictures of pretty food, instead of making it hehe.

So I set out to work through my pins – though more are added so it’s a moving target – and make as many as possible. So far I’ve made Broccoli Quinoa Casserole, which is delicious! And also, Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites with Blue Cheese Dip, which are not as good as they sound. So it’s been a 50-50 split between deliciousness (seriously, make the casserole now!), and “meh”.

But this Spicy Sausage Pasta tips the scales to the deliciousness side a hundred fold! Oh wow, I can’t stress how much my husband and I love this recipe. It’s so easy, and so tasty – we’ve cooked it quite a few times now, and will cook it again…and again…and again! 🙂

Serves: 4
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
1 lb smoked turkey sausage, sliced
1 1/2 cups diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (10 oz) can Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chiles, Mild
1/2 cup double (heavy) cream
16 oz pasta (originally recipe said 8 oz)
1 cup cheese, shredded (we used Cheddar Jack)
1/3 cup thinly sliced spring onions
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large sauspan, heat a little olive oil then add the sliced sausage and onion then cook until browned – about 4 minutes. (I hadn’t discovered Publix frozen diced onion before this recipe, but I’m so glad I did! What a time saver!) Add the garlic and cook until fragrant – about 30 seconds.

2. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, cream, and dried pasta (because we doubled the pasta quantity, I added 1/2 cup of water here too). Stir. Add salt and pepper if you wish – we didn’t add any. Bring the pot to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Let it simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes – until the pasta is cooked. 

 
 

3. Remove from the heat and stir in half the cheese and half the spring onions. Top with remaining cheese and spring onions – you can put it under the grill to brown the cheese, if your pan is safe to go under the grill, but we just served it as is 🙂

 
4. Enjoy!

 

We really love this Spicy Sausage Pasta, and have cooked it so many times now. It’s really easy to do, even my husband (who hates cooking) volunteers to make it!

This will be my post for this week’s Hearth & Soul Blog Hop 🙂  Be sure to check out the other recipes on there this week and follow my blog for more tasty treats!

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