Friday, July 4, 2014

 Creamy Sausage Pasta

This is undoubtedly one of my husband's favorite meals in the world. I frequently refer to this as "The pasta that made you fall in love with me." He has never disagreed with this title. He could eat this pasta every day and still love it. I have to admit, he has good taste in pasta and women. 

The dish starts out with spicy Italian Sausage and is covered in a decadent pink sauce made from Alfredo and Marinara. The combination of the spice, creaminess and the tang of tomatoes is just perfect over piping hot pasta. This is great with any pasta, but this time I used orecchiette. Penne is also a great shape to soak up all of the sauce

I'm warning you, be careful who you feed this to. They may keep coming around!


1 pound of Spicy Italian Sausage
2 red bell peppers, diced
1 16 ounce jar of Alfredo Sauce
4 cups or 24 ounces  of Marinara Sauce
1 pound of short cut pasta ( penne, macaroni, orecchiette)

First, brown the sausage until it is no longer pink. I like to use the spicy sausage, but anything you like will be great here too. Start boiling the water for the pasta.

 Once the sausage is mostly done, add in the diced pepper. This adds a nice bit of freshness to the pasta. You don't need to add any oil to this. The sausage has enough yummy grease to cook them up just fine.

The pasta water should be boiling by now. Add in the pasta and cook for about 8 minutes. You will know the pasta is done when it is slightly chewy. The pasta should not be completely done since it will finish cooking in the sauce.

Once the peppers are slightly tender, add in both of the sauces. I like to rinse out both of the jars with a bit of water. This ensures I have sucked every bit of flavor out of their containers.

Look at this sauce. Just look at it. I could drink a good amount of this with a straw, but it would leave some very naked and sad pasta.

Add in the cooked and drained pasta. Stir well to make sure all the pasta gets a good coating of the sauce. Let this cook for about another 10 minutes. It will look like the sauce has cooked away, but the pasta has just soaked it all up.

This is a pretty rich pasta, so I like to serve it in small bowlfuls with a nice salad to go with it. 

This pasta is crazy delicious, but it is also really easy. All it takes is browning some sausage and boiling some pasta. I can't promise love is that easy, but even if it isn't you can feel pretty snuggled by this tasty dinner!

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