Spicy Sausage and Vegetable Pasta

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*pardon the pictures… Ty didn’t feel like ‘posing’… or letting his food ‘pose’

I’m not really sure what to call this; our “go-to spicy sausage pasta dish”? Ty introduced me to this pasta dish a little over a year ago and I fell in love. I am sure there is some name out there that describes this dish, but we’ve never used a recipe… therefore it’s unnamed. Maybe I can name it?? How about, spicesausageness? pasta fra di sausage? Pepionsausage pasta? Get it.. pepper, onion, sausage?… yea I’m that lame AND unoriginal!

It’s an easy, sausage and vegetable-filled pasta dish. Whenever we have spicy sausage in the freezer, this dish becomes a go-to on a lazy night. It is hearty and filling, but super easy! Please mind my ingredient list…. it’s as exact as I can get it, but know that if needed, substitutions can be made. Additionally, if you have some yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, or other veggie lying around, chop it up and toss it in!

Sausage and Vegetable Pasta with a Cream Sauce

1 lb spicy italian sausage (removed from casing if needed)

1 bell pepper (any color will do), sliced

1 onion, cut in half then sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

3/4 to 1 lb small pasta (bow ties, ziti, etc. – adjust to your needs)

3 tbsp butter

1/4 cup flour

3/4 cup milk (or 1/2 cup light cream)

1/2 tbsp crushed red pepper (more if you like spice)

s & p

fresh basil or parsley, chopped (optional)

grated parmesan

1. In a large pan, saute sausage until cooked. Remove from pan, set aside, and drain any remaining grease from pan.

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2. Add garlic and crushed red pepper to hot pan, stir for a minute. Add peppers and onions, and saute until just softening (3-4 minutes). If you have any other vegetables, add and saute until they start to soften. Season with some S&P.

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3. In a stock pot, bring water to a boil and cook pasta according to directions. Meanwhile, in a small pot, melt butter. Remove from heat and whisk in flour until it is mixed well. Return the mixture to medium heat and add milk. Continue to whisk occasionally for about 5 minutes… it should start to thicken.

4. Drain pasta when cooked and return to pot. Add sausage, vegetables, and white sauce. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, if additional is needed.

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5. Serve with parmesan and a sprinkle of fresh herbs (basil or parsley).

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