Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spicy Sausage Pasta

Another pinterest recipe success in the Ryan house!

I made this spicy sausage pasta on the whim and it was a hit!! The words "Best dinner ever babe!" came out of John's mouth! Yes, it was THAT good!

Original blog post with recipe found here


1 t extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
13 oz Smoked Turkey Sausage, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 ¼ cups low sodium fat free chicken broth
10 oz can original Rotel
½ cup fat free half and half
½ t salt
½ t black pepper
10 oz uncooked wheat pasta
4 oz reduced fat Pepper jack cheese, shredded
2 medium scallions, diced


1. In a large skillet or sauté pan (oven-safe if you have it), add the olive oil and bring over medium heat. Add the onions and sausage to the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes until sausage is browned and onions are tender. Add the garlic and stir. Continue to cook for another 30 seconds until fragrant.

2. Add the broth, Rotel, half and half, salt and pepper and mix together. Add the uncooked pasta and stir together until the liquid covers the pasta. Cover the skillet and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and keep covered. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.

3. Set your oven to broil and make sure one of your oven racks is in the top 1/3 of the oven. Remove the pan from the heat and mix in half of the shredded cheese. If your skillet is oven-safe, you may continue to use it in the following steps. If it isn’t or you aren’t sure, transfer the pasta into a baking dish. 

4. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese over the top of the pasta and follow it with the sliced scallions. Place the dish in the top 1/3 of the oven and broil for a few minutes until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown (keep checking because broiling can happen really fast!). 

Special Notes From Me: 

1. We omitted the half and half because we didn't have any and used skim milk instead. It worked fine!!
2. We used a regular calphalon skillet - they are oven safe up to 400 degrees. Just make sure it's a deep one because of all the liquid and pasta you add. 

Now go out and get all the ingredients and make this TONIGHT!



Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

This looks so yummy. I will be pinning so I can make it later. Thanks!

Ashley Barnhill said...

When you posted this picture last night on IG, I knew I needed this recipe asap! If John loved this, then I definitely know Joey will love it! Isn't it nice to hear how great of a job you did on a meal?! Thanks for linking up with Jess and I! We're so glad you joined us this week!!

Amanda said...

This looks really good! We love using that type of sausage and putting it in mac 'n' cheese. I'm going to have to try this! Stopping over from the Taste of Tuesday linkup.

Jessica Miller said...

MMMM!!! This looks so yummy! I've been wanting to find some sausage recipes and this is perfect! Thanks for linking up with us! :)

Michael said...

That looks SO good! I'll be adding that to my recipes for the next few weeks!

Emily said...

I am forwarding this to B, we need to try this!

Chels said...

OOH! I think I might try the recipe this weekend! Sounds delicious. The Hubs would love it.

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Kristen said...

As soon as I saw this on IG yesterday I couldn't wait for the recipe! This looks/sounds so good! I'm pinning it now so I don't forget to make it soon :)

Lindsay said...

This looks SO good! I'm going to add it to my menu for this week! I love a good pasta dish.

Beth Boone said...

I believe I will be making this VERY soon!! Looks soooo yummy!

Amy Powell said...

that looks amazing! hooray for cheese & sausage :)

xoxo, Amy @ Interpret As You May

Kathryn said...

Yum! That looks and sounds delish!

Love Meghan said...

yum yum yummy! i'll definitely try this. thanks!

Jenn @ West Sac Honey said...

Making it tonight! Far too tasty!,

Allison said...

I really like sausage and noodles together so this looks good. Have you ever tried mac n cheese with sausage? So good!!!

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