Monday, April 16, 2012

Smoked Sausage Pasta

There are some recipes on my Pinterest Food board that I've had bookmarked for so long that I wonder if I'll ever make them...and then there are those that I come across and make nearly immediately, like this Spicy Sausage Pasta courtesy of Kevin and Amanda (with a few adjustments on my end).

I was so intrigued by using smoked sausage with pasta instead of the traditional beef or Italian sausage. But what really sucked me in was the fact that you threw the pasta into the mix without cooking it first. How much do I love recipes like that? I know, it's such a simple thing, but eliminating just that one step is so very attractive to me.

When I took my first bite, right out of the pan, my first thought was, "Eh. There's really not much to this." Then, the heat from the Rotel kicked in at the back of my throat. When I went back about 10 minutes later to make my plate, the sauce had thickened up and it had become a dish with a lot of flavor.

Printable recipe

1 package smoked sausage
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cups chicken stock
1 can Rotel
8 ounces penne pasta
1 cup mozzarella cheese

Slice sausage and saute in large skillet in olive oil over medium-high heat until brown. Add cream, stock, Rotel (undrained), and pasta (uncooked) and bring to a boil. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Add cheese and stir until melted. Let sit off heat for 10 minutes to thicken.


  1. I made this for dinner tonight and had to use chicken broth instead of stock because that's what I had! In the end I did a little bit of creole seasoning to my portion because I wanted a little bit of extra flavor! Overall this dish is delicious, very fast and easy...and what could be better than making dinner in one pan!!! Thanks for a great recipe :)

  2. This is absolutely mouthwatering! I have been serving pasta to my family, but I have been doing it the conventional way. I wonder how pasta will taste if you don’t boil the noodles beforehand. I am very excited to try this! Thank you for this wonderful idea!

    Alex Staff

  3. Hey Jill

    Another Bama gal, here -- just outside of Birmingham- how cool! Anyhoo - this was fabulous! Hubby loved it and it will definitely, definitely make a return in our kitchen many times over!!! Thanks for pinning!!!! :o)

  4. This was extremely good! Only problem that I had was that the mozzarella turned into a congealed ball of cheese. I think either a different, mild cheese, or slowly adding the mozzarella and stirring would achieved the right consistency. Regardless of my cheese mishap, this was extremely good and will definitely be making again!

  5. I made this for my husband and he LOVES it!!! He says he can have this several times!! Thank you for pinning this for us :)).

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