Monday, September 1, 2008

Farfalle with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cream

I know I've been absent for the last couple of days, but I really haven't cooked anything very interesting lately and my busy life has been catching up to me. I tried a baked mac and cheese recipe, but it really wasn't a crowd pleaser-my son said it was nasty and my husband simply wouldn't eat it. SOO here's a recipe that I KNOW is good, in fact its one of our favorites. I've posted it on my family blog, so I apologize to all of you who already have really IS delicious!

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage, castings removed, crumbled (I only use 1/2 lb and I use the Sweet Italian Sausage from Trader Joes - chicken or pork)
  • 1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can Italian plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 c whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb Farfalle pasta (bowtie)
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oil in large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and pepper flakes. Cook until sausage is no longer pink, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes. Add onion and garlic to skillet and cook until onion is tender and sausage is light brown, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. Add tomatoes (break them apart with your clean, bare hands or with clean scissors), cream and salt. Simmer until mixture thickens slightly, about 4 minutes (can be prepared a day ahead up to this point, cover tightly and refrigerate). Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Drain. Bring sauce to simmer. Add pasta to sauce and cook until pasta is heated through and sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Divide pasta among plates. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve passing Parmesan separately.

Julie R.


lisa said...

Wow all these recipes really sound delicious! But would you be open to posting some healthy cooking ideas on your blog? Our family just can't eat a lot of the things on here because of the fat/calorie content. I'm down to pre-baby weight and need to stay that way, ha ha! Sometimes i wish i could just throw caution to the wind and eat the way i used to, but i know that's not smart. :)

Food That's Good said...

Made this tonight and its oh so tasty! I tried something new, though - instead of cutting the tomatoes into chunks, I put them in the food processor and gave it a few whirls - I made sure to still make it chunky, but it was so much better than big chunks!