March 5, 2013

Week 63, Recipe 2: Creamy Sausage and Tomato Penne

  • Recipe modified from the blog From the Girl Who Ate Everything
  • My husband asked me to make this again soon!
  • 1 lb ground sausage (regular Italian or spicy would be fine - turkey or pork)
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 16 oz can Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 5-6 big leaves of fresh basil, chopped
  • 12 ounces penne pasta
  • Grated Parmesan for topping
  • Salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook the pasta in salted water just until al dente, according to package directions.
2. While pasta is cooking, cook the sausage in a large skillet until starting to brown, breaking it up and stirring every so often. Then add 1/4 c. water and cover the skillet until the water starts to simmer. Turn down heat a bit and stir every so often until the water has evaporated and the sausage is cooked through.
3. Add the onions and garlic to the sausage and saute for a few minutes.
4. Add the can of diced tomatoes and the tomato sauce and bring to a low simmer.
5. Add in the cream and bring to a low simmer for a few minutes.
6. Stir in the fresh basil and then mix the pasta in with the sauce. Top each serving with some Parmesan cheese if desired.

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