Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Family Dinner: Party Pasta
Recipe from the Jones family.
1 lb. sweet Italian sausage
2 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 28 ounce can Italian crushed tomatoes
1/2 t. red pepper flakes (I halve this)
1 T. dried basil (I double this)
1 C heavy cream
1/2 lb. Fontina cheese, grated (I used Gouda, it is cheaper than Fontina, and available at Costco)
1/4 Cup grated Romano Cheese
2 T. chopped fresh basil leaves
1 lb. Rigatoni, cooked "al dente" and drained
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, cut in quarters and sauteed in butter
In a heavy skillet, saute the sausage in olive oil until no longer pink, crumbling as it cooks. Add garlic. Cook one minute. Add tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and basil. Cover, cook for 10 minutes. Add heavy cream and Fontina cheese. Stir on low until cheese is melted. Place cooked pasta on serving platter. Top with sauce, sauteed mushrooms, grated Romano cheese, and chopped fresh basil.
Serves 8 (but I always double this and make two batches of sauce one at a time).
* Be careful that you get sweet or mild italian sausage because some is too spicy!
We serve this meal with a Caesar salad and bread sticks (made from frozen bread dough and dipped in butter and parmesan).