Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Spicy Sausage Pasta

Sometimes I find it challenging to figure out the best recipe to cook for a casual dinner with friends that will not require me to be in the kitchen the entire time thus not being able to visit with my guests, but also be something that tastes like it came out of the freezer.

When a friend of mine sent me this recipe it solved both of those problems.  It took me 20 minutes to make and was the perfect accompaniment to a cool fall night with a table full of crafts to follow!

Spicy Sausage Pasta
recipe from www.kevinandamanda.com/

1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage
1.5 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 heavy cream
8 oz penne pasta
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions

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.
 
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.

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.
 
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