Spicy Sausage Pasta

Thank goodness for staple meals!

I love dishes that I can easily stock all the needed ingredients and whip out quickly for a weeknight meal.  Especially meals that David is always on board with like paninis, stir fry, tomato soup with grilled cheese, or this spicy sausage pasta.

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Ever since I first made this, David requests it often.  I’ll ask him what he wants for supper and he’ll ask “Do we have stuff for that spicy pasta dish?”  I love how happy he gets when I can tell him, “yup, we got it!”

Honestly, this dish is delicious.  It’s not super spicy — the Rotel adds some zip but it combines well with the creamy, cheesy sauce and savory sausage.  If you’re worried about the spiciness level, you can certainly get a milder version of Rotel.

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I love love this pasta shape for this dish.  It’s a twisty, lily shape that catches all the creamy sauce.

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Sharp cheddar cheese gets melted into the dish and broiled on top.

FYI: I’m still a firm believer in shredding my own cheese. Freshly shredded cheese melts much better than the pre-shredded bags and tastes so so good.  My only gripe is my cheese grater is a little hard to clean.  Also I’m slightly paranoid that if I scrub it too hard, I’ll accidentally grate my fingers.  Still, I risk it for the melty-cheesy goodness.

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Use a large oven-safe skillet if you have it, but it works fine to cook in a large saucepan or pot and then transfer to a casserole dish for broiling.

Spicy Sausage Pasta

Lightly adapted from Kevin and Amanda

1 T olive oil
1 lb. polska kielbasa sausage, sliced
1 large yellow onion, diced
14.5 oz can lower sodium chicken broth
10 oz can Rotel, Original
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp minced garlic
8 oz pasta (I like campanelle)
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Heat olive oil over medium high heat in oven-safe skillet or large saucepan.
Add onions and sausage and cook until onions are soft and sausage is lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
Add the chicken broth, Rotel, heavy cream, pasta, salt, and pepper and stir.
Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low and cover. Simmer for about 15 minutes, until pasta is tender.
Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup shredded cheese. If needed, transfer to casserole dish.  Top with remaining cheese.
Broil until cheese is melted and bubbling.

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Hope you try this favorite dish of ours!

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One thought on “Spicy Sausage Pasta

  1. Yum! I’m always nervous about grating my fingers too. Probably because I’ve done it before a few times. Or more than a few times.

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