Rachel's Recipes

Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes

Posted on: August 17, 2010

This was another quick and easy weeknight meal. While the pasta water is boiling, you start the sauce. As the sauce simmers for ten minutes, the pasta cooks. No rushing around needed. Plus while the sauce is simmering and the pasta is cooking you can make a side of garlic bread. Yum!

Ingredients
1 pound penne pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flake (more if you like heat)
1 pound Italian sausage
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup half and half

Directions
Set a pot of water on the stove to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Sautee the onions and garlic for a couple minutes and add the seasonings. Once the onions are soft, add the sausage and cook just until the outsides are brown (it will cook through as the sauce simmers). Stir in the tomatoes; season with salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for 10 minutes (at this point your pasta water should be ready and you can begin cooking your pasta).

Remove from heat and stir in the half and half. Toss the sauce with the pasta.

Adapted from: Sandra Lee

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