Sunday, May 5, 2013

Week 18- Skillet Sausage Pasta

Last week I wasn't able to cook because of my crazy work schedule and our little trip. We were able to go back to Arkansas and see my lovely friend, Jamie, get married! She has an awesome blog too, read it here

This week I wanted something easy to whip up before the premiere of Ironman 3. If you haven't seen it, you must! I found a one skillet pasta with sausage recipe online and decided to play with it. This is what I came up with! Rob says it was a 10 and very delicious! Plus is all is cooked in one dish, so easy clean up!

Skillet Sausage Pasta

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 14-ounce package smoked turkey sausage, sliced into rounds
1 diced onion

2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 10-ounce can Ro-Tel Tomatoes and Green Chiles, Original Style
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Salt, to taste

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a cast iron skillet (or other oven-safe skillet) until smoking.  Add the sausage and onion, and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add in the garlic, and cook for 30 seconds. Add the broth, Ro-Tel, heavy cream, uncooked pasta, and pepper, and give the mixture a good stir.

 Bring to a boil, cover the skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until the pasta is tender, about 15 minutes, stirring once or twice while cooking. 

Preheat the oven to 400 F while the pasta is cooking. Remove the skillet from the heat, and stir in 1 cup of the cheese. Taste, and add salt as needed. 

Top with the remaining cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and lightly browned - about 3 minutes.

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