Thursday, January 22, 2009

Penne Pasta Dish!

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The other night I had company for dinner--inlcuding my pastor and his wife. (So you know I had to make something good!) Well, I made PENNE PASTA WITH SAUSAGE CREAM SAUCE. I served it with salad and garlic bread. It was YUMMO.

This recipe is so simple--and people will think you're a regular Barefoot Contessa.


PENNE WITH SAUSAGE CREAM SAUCE

1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves,minced
2/3 cup dry white wine
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced peeled tomatoes, undrained
1 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley (flat leaf parsley)
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 pound penne pasta, cooked according to package
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish

Cook sausage in large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove sausage and set aside; drain excess grease from skillet.
Melt butter and oil in skillet; add onion and sauté until softened and golden in color. Add garlic, cook and stir 1 minute. Add wine to skillet and reduce volume by half, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and simmer 3 minutes.
Return cooked sausage to skillet, add cream and simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Stir in parsley, salt and pepper.
Place cooked Penne in a large serving bowl; pour sauce over pasta; add Parmesan cheese and toss to combine.
Serve sprinkled with additional Parmesan cheese.
Serves 6.

Enjoy!

5 comments:

Chicki said...

It's going to be a looooong time before I can eat something like that! Sounds delicious though. Maybe I'll file for future reference ...

Stephanie said...

Mmmmm, I just love your recipes!!!

BevBB said...

I've been lurking on your blog since before Christmas after one of your posts on the Samhain blog and, yeah, it was about food, too. ;) Hey, I love romances, but sometimes one just has to broaden one's interests. Ahem. :D

Anyway, this recipe sounds delicious, but I'm struck by the "sweet" Italian sausage. Is that as opposed to spicy?

Shelley Munro said...

That sounds yummy. I don't think you can beat a pasta dish served with salad and garlic bread. There's nothing better!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Hey, BevBB! Thanks for lurking. As you can probably tell, I'm a foodie. :)

"Sweet" Italian sausgae is just non-spicy. But I've used the hot Italian sausage for this recipe, too--which is great. But I wasn't sure if my guests could stand the heat.