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I am one who will ALWAYS love one pot meals! I will ALWAYS be an advocate of them! You may even read several posts from me all about how awesome they are. This post is no different. As I have started to look for meals that I can make from things already in my pantry/fridge/freezer, it is important to find new recipes.
This recipe I’m going to share today, is from http://www.smells-like-home.com/2015/02/one-pot-creamy-sausage-pasta/ . If you know me, I don’t follow recipes very well. It has to be forced upon me to follow exactly. LOL! This recipe is no different. I like this recipe, but I didn’t have ALL the stuff I needed. So I substitute! I feel, cooking is supposed to be fun right? If it is too stressful, all because you don’t have an ingredient, that’s not good. Lesson learned, have fun, try new recipes, sub out if you have to, and enjoy. If it tastes good, that’s what matters.
My version of the One Pot Creamy Sausage Pasta:
To start, dice up a medium onion. I used my Pampered chef 8″ Chef’s Knife to chop it up. In retrospect, I should have used my food chopper! Hello! But with this amazing knife, it was nothing to chop it up 🙂 Did you notice the lovely circle with PC on the blade? This is so you can put your fingers on there for the perfect grip! Pampered Chef has thought of everything huh?
Now, you’re going to saute these onions in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Please don’t measure this oil. WE are NOT that crazy!! Cook it until they are looking translucent (almost see through!).
Now ADD 4 cloves of garlic. Go real garlic on this one! There is nothing better than real garlic in a dish. Using my Pampered Chef Garlic Press makes it sooooo easy! Can you tell I also love my PC!!?? It is my second gig, but I’ve always had it in my house! LOVE!
I wish I could have smell-a-vision for you on this one….so good. You will want to cook this garlic with the onion for about a minute to get it cooked a bit……let that aroma come through! NUM! Now ADD your sausage! I didn’t have ground sausage this time, I had sliced chicken sausage. Like I said before, if I don’t have something, I make it work! Use what you’ve got!!!
Once the sausages were warmed (these were fully cooked sausages), I deglazed the bottom with about a 1/4c. of chicken broth. Recipe suggested wine, I didn’t have any on hand. Then, ADD in 16 oz. of your favorite spaghetti sauce, and 3 cups of water. I may have added another 1/4c of chicken broth just because, too! LOL! Like I said, I like to sub out stuff and make it work for what I have in the house!
Bring this to a BOIL. This means the water is bubbling, a lot!! We have to pretend that we will be boiling noodles the normal way….so don’t forget this step! Once it has started to boil, add in your noodles.
Now, set your timer for 15 minutes, and put your feet up! Well, first give it a stir, and put the cover on! Then put your feet up!
Give it a stir every 5 minutes or so, and if it needs more water, add it then.
When the noodles are done, stir in your cheese. As true Becky fashion, I didn’t have what was called for, so I added in about 1 cup of cheddar cheese, and stirred it in until the whole pot was creamy and thickened!
Stir and smell, and then, get a bowl and dig in! Serve with buns or bread of choice.
Was it easy to make? Yep! Was it delish? Yep! Did I get the approval from the family? Yep? I don’t know the Smells like home author personally, but I do like this recipe! Maybe next time, I’ll try to use all the suggested ingredients 🙂
Thanks for reading! Becky 🙂