Italian Sausage is quite a treat- it comes pre-packed with lots of flavor. I'm to cheap to buy it often... plus I want to live. :) But I picked some up that had been reduced, and when I saw the heavy whipping cream sitting next to it in the fridge, they both said, "You knew what we were when you picked us up." And I figured I might as well finish the job by putting them in the same dish... no regrets, just creamy goodness... and a rigorous workout in the morning.
Creamy Sausage Tomato Pasta (food.com)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 lb sweet Italian sausage link , casings removed,crumbled
1/4 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper flakes
1/4 cup diced onion
1 1/2 cloves garlic , minced
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes , drained,coarsely chopped
3/4 cup whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounces pasta
1 1/2 tablespoons minced parsley
grated parmesan cheese
Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat.
Add sausage and crushed red pepper.
Cook until sausage is no longer pink, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes.
Add onion and garlic to skillet and cook until onion is tender and sausage is light brown, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes.
Add tomatoes, cream, and salt.
Simmer until mixture thickens slightly, about 4 minutes.
(Can be prepared one day ahead. Cover and chill.).
Cook pasta in large pot of boiling water.
Bring sauce to a simmer.
Add pasta to sauce and cook until pasta is heated through and sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes.
Divide pasta between plates.
Sprinkle with parsley.
Serve, passing Parmesan separately.