Thursday, March 1, 2012

Creamy Pasta with Spicy Italian Sausage and Tomatoes

The teenager young adult reminded me the other day of a pasta dish that I used to make once in a while when he was growing up. I hadn’t made it in years, probably because it’s not the healthiest dish, and we don’t eat a lot of meat anymore. But it is very tasty, and I think it’s okay to eat a more indulgent meal once in awhile. However, I think it’s important to stick to one portion and to pair the dish with plenty of veggies. Also, there are certainly ways to make the dish healthier, but I wanted to make “the real thing.”



Creamy Pasta with Spicy Italian Sausage and Tomatoes

Ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 spicy Italian sausages, taken out of the casing and broken into small pieces
  • Approximately 13 ounces of diced/chopped tomatoes (I like to buy them in a carton, such as the Pomi brand; in the summer, I use fresh, homegrown tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 T organic ketchup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream 
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Spicy red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 package pasta (16 ounces) – I like to use short shapes such as rigatoni or penne
Directions
  1. Boil the pasta and in the meantime prepare the sauce.
  2. Spray a pan with olive oil and sauté the onion for a few minutes and  then add the sausage pieces and cook until the sausage is done.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, water, and ketchup and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the heavy cream, taste the sauce and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes as desired.
  5. Mix the sauce with the boiled pasta and sprinkle with parsley.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8


I made the dish when the young adult came over for dinner, and he loved it. I always love how food can bring back so many memories, and I was transported back to a time when he was much younger, and I think so was he…

Question: What’s one of your favorite dishes from your childhood? I have fond memories of my mom’s potato soup as well as long ziti (same length as spaghetti) with tomato sauce. She made the sauce with tomatoes she grew in her garden. In the summer,  she always made a big batch of the sauce and bottled it, and we had it all winter long. And I remember when I visited my aunt, we had eggs in mustard sauce (and she hid an egg from me!). Whenever I make the dish, I think of her. It’s been a while, and I think I’ll put it on the menu soon! Smile

Be well,
Andrea

30 comments:

  1. I love that you made this for him. So sweet.
    I have a few dishes like that. One is pastina with butter and parmesan. Pastina are teeny pasta. My mom would always make it when I was sick growing up. It is the ultimate comfort still.

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    1. Thanks! :)

      Your childhood comfort food sounds good!

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  2. This looks amazing! So thoughtful to make a childhood fave :) I think it looks pretty healthy, actually! A little heavy cream goes a long way, and the recipe doesn't have much :)

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    1. Thanks! :)

      And, yes, I guess the stats could be worse...

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  3. Looks delicious. I made something similar a couple of weeks ago, but haven't gotten it posted yet. I did use the heavy cream, but lightened it up a bit with turkey sausage (my husband has a little bit of diverticulitis, so pork bothers him), and spaghetti squash (I have a bot of a wheat allergy, so pasta bothers me). But with so many bold flavors, just a little bit of cream gives it the richness it needs to make it good.

    I was thinking about my grandma the other day, and how she used to make me meatballs with the filling mixture when she was making stuffed cabbage, since I didn't like cabbage as a kid.

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    1. Your dish sounds great! We love spaghetti squash, and using a lighter sausage is a very good idea!

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  4. This looks like pure comfort food-delicious! My favorite meal growing up was my mom's noodle casserole :-) Love your flowers and herbs from your previous post!

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    1. There is something about noodle dishes! :)

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  5. greta said

    I like pasta,your pasta look very appetizing,good idea.
    Last week i plant bellis perennis,that are great daisy,i also love pausies,i love snowflake flowers.

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    1. I love snowflake flowers. It's like a miracle when they appear right after the snow when it's cold. I have to look into summer snowflake flowers (which I just googled), as I think they could grow here.

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  6. MAZO BALL SOUP!!!
    And now I want some...
    hmmm.

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    1. I love how we all exactly know what food brings us comfort and all the memories attached to it...

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  7. Delicious, rustic, yum. Memories, stuffed peppers, orange pork chops, cheesecake. And yes, sometimes we need to make the real thing, no tweaks.

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  8. I made a dish with sausage, kale, and white beans the other day and Nick LOVED IT (as did I) so I pinned this to give it a try. It sounds fantastic, and it's beautiful.
    When I think of the meals I used to eat growing up, lasagna, chicken cattiatore, and chicken marsala come to mind. yummmm

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    1. Your sausage, kale, white bean dish sounds great! Thanks for the pin! :) Hope you'll like it as much as the young adult if you make it! :)

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  9. I can see why the young adult would love that recipe! What's NOT to love?!

    My mom used to make quesadillas not only with cheese, but cream cheese. So unnecessary, but SO good! :)

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    1. Yes, I guess it does have ingredients most people would enjoy... ;)

      Now I'm imagining what quesadillas with cheese and cream cheese taste like! :)

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  10. We did not eat gourmet at all when I was a kid. My mom used to make pork chops in mushroom sauce made with cream of mushroom soup. It was Soooooooo goood. I wouldn't eat it now but I sure have fond memories.

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    1. I love mushrooms. You could probably make an "updated" version that tastes pretty close to the original...

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  11. That was a fun trip down memory lane with you. My Grandmother made the best home made bread and my moms fried chicken is amazing!

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    1. Your food memories sound wonderful! Hope you are having fun hiking today!

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  12. Yum. No wonder the young adult "hinted" for you to make it. My childhood food memories were far from "clean eating" - spaghetti (white flour of course, whole wheat wasn't readily available then) with canned tomato sauce, fish sticks, and rice krispie squares. Thankfully, both my parents and my tastes have changed, and we all eat much healthier, delicious food than we did when I was young. Have a wonderful weekend Andrea.

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    1. Hope you are having a great weekend, too!

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  13. Sausage & pasta are like a match made in heaven! This dish looks great. My Mom makes a mean chicken cacciatore that she serves over a bed of creamy polenta. That's one meal that brings me back!

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    1. Your mom's chicken cacciatore sounds wonderful!

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  14. May not be the healthiest, but it sounds like its very tasty. Hhhmm, a favorite dish - my mom made a baked turkey casserole with pimentos and a cream sauce, and that combination seemed so sophisticated to this girl from MN - I always loved it.

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  15. This looks delicious! My mum makes an awesome quiche, I've actually posted the recipe up on my blog. It's got red pepper, mushrooms and onions in it, and plenty of cheese :)

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