Friday, January 11, 2013

Spicy Sausage Pasta.

Last weekend, I made this Spicy Sausage Pasta.  It was super easy and quick.  I didn't have to use more than one piece of cookware (even to boil the pasta), and I'm all for dishes that create less mess.  I was a little nervous that it wouldn't have much flavor because there aren't spices added in, but I managed to rein in my need to spice things up.  And thank goodness I did-- this pasta had SO MUCH flavor all by itself!  It was surprisingly spicy, so I was glad we didn't get the hot Rotel like I had considered...

1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb Italian sausage
1.5 cups diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1 (10 oz) can Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chiles, Mild
1/2 cup milk
8 oz pasta (I used orecchiette, but any short pasta will work)
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
1 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup fontina cheese, shredded
1/4 cup sliced green onion (or as much as you prefer)

1. Brown sausage in large, oven-safe skillet just until all pink is gone then drain off excess liquid/fat.  Add olive oil and onions and cook until meat is lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

2. Add broth, tomatoes, milk, pasta, salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, cover skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 15-20 minutes.

3. Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese and the fontina cheese until melted and integrated throughout.  (Feel free to use more or less cheese to your liking.  I thought this was too cheesy, but not my husband.)  

4.  Turn on oven broiler.  Sprinkle remaining cheese and scallions on top.  Broil until cheese is melted, spotty brown, and bubbly-- do NOT walk away from your food in the broiler.  It browns FAST.  (Make sure that if your skillet has plastic handles or pieces that you cover them with aluminum foil before they go under the broiler.)

Adapted from Amanda


  1. Oh yum! Looks delicious!! I like the idea of it all being in one pan, too!

  2. Looks yummy - may have to try it! :)

  3. Well look at you being all domestic- that looks divine!

  4. this looks SO good! i want to make it! ps- you make me feel so good that I'm on your "blogs i love" on your sidebar :)