Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Spicy Sausage Pasta

I was in Florida last week from the 7th until 14th. I had a great time visiting with my family... eating at local eateries and drinking delicious drinks! We visited the The Milk Bar where they host tasty tuesday's, it was the best! I ordered a roasted lamb and beef gyro with fresh herbs and lemon aioli, so good! I also went to a hip restaurant in winter park called Prato. From there I ordered a fungi pizza with arugula, goat cheese and balsamic glaze. I love discovering new places to eat in Orlando while I'm there. I also had some amazing photos taken by the talented Andrea Price! She's a photographer in the central Florida area, and basically my sister. Check out her amazing photography. 

But enough about my trip, and onto this delicious meal.


I found this recipe while browsing Pinterest and thought it would be a great quick fix for dinner. Plus I love smoked sausage and don't cook with it enough.


Spicy Sausage Pasta 
Adapted from Kevin and Amanda 

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage
1 1/2 cups diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/4 cups chicken stock
1 can ro-tel
3/4 cup heavy cream
16 oz penne pasta
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded
1/3 cup scallions, thinly sliced

  • Add the oil to an oven-safe pan over medium-high heat until just smoking. 
  • Add the sausage and onions; cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the stock, ro-tel, cream, pasta, salt and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the pan. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from  from heat and stir in 1 cup of the cheese. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with scallions. Broil in the oven until the cheese is melted and browned.



Ashley