Oct 072016
 

I didn’t have enough ham, but I was hungry for the Tortellini and Ham recipe WildOne posted, so I decided to try it with smoked sausage. I also had a couple of tomatoes from the garden that needed to be used and thought they would pair well with the sausage, too. And of course, I replaced the peppers with broccoli for the pepper hater.

What I came up with is something that tasted different enough I thought it needed its own post, but at the same time it curbed my craving for Tortellini and Ham. I really enjoyed both recipes and I think which one I make will depend on what meat I have at the time.

Tortellini and Smoked Sausage
Serves 6
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package (19 ounces) frozen three cheese tortellini
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 10-12 ounces smoked sausage, sliced
  4. 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  5. 12 ounce bag frozen chopped broccoli
  6. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoons ClearJel (cornstarch)
  8. 1/2 cup homemade chicken broth
  9. 2 teaspoons dried basil
  10. 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  11. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  12. 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  13. 4 tablespoons grated Romano or Parmesan cheese, divided
Instructions
  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook smoked sausage in olive oil over medium heat until browned on one side. Flip sausage and add broccoli and onion. Cook until broccoli is crisp tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer.
  3. Combine the ClearJel or cornstarch, broth, basil, parsley and pepper; stir into sausage mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Add tomatoes and heat until tomatoes are just warmed.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons cheese. Drain tortellini; toss with sausage mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Notes
  1. You could use boxed cheese tortellini.
  2. You can use fresh broccoli.
  3. You could use canned chicken broth.
Adapted from WildOne's Tortellini and Ham Recipe
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sausagetortellini

Jul 152016
 

Creamy alfredo sauce, spicy and smoky? We’d have this all the time if it was healthy, too!

We do eat it with kale on the side. That helps, right? If I put the kale in it would that make it better? No? That’s okay.

We really don’t eat like this all the time, but once in awhile, a rich and creamy, smoky and spicy dish really hits the spot. Paired with garlic bread and kale lightly fried in olive oil… yum!

Spicy Creamy Smoked Sausage Bake
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Ingredients
  1. 16 ounces dry Rotini pasta
  2. 12 ounces cooked smoked sausage
  3. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2 cups chicken broth
  5. 2 Tablespoons Clear Gel, Flour or corn starch
  6. 2 cups half and half
  7. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  9. 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  10. 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  11. 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  12. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  13. 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook Rotini al dente according to package directions and drain.
  3. In large skillet, fry sausage over medium heat until browned on both sides.
  4. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth and stir or whisk until smooth.
  6. Combine Clear Gel, flour or corn starch and half and half. Stir slowly into skillet mixture and heat until thickened.
  7. Add pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, Parmesan cheese and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Stir until cheese melts.
  8. Add parsley. Stir until mixed.
  9. In 9x13 pan, add noddles and pour sausage mixture over pasta. Top with remaining cup of mozzarella cheese.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese on top is fully melted and as brown (or not) as you like it.
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Spicy Creamy Smoked Sausage Bake

Aug 112015
 

Sometimes you just need to get something on the table fast. Now and then, more than that I’m not willing to admit, I get distracted and realize at the last minute that I need to get dinner on quick. When those nights happen, I often make this recipe since I keep most of the ingredients on the shelf or in the freezer.

I don’t always have mushrooms around, but if I happen to have some I use them. You can also use canned mushrooms if you prefer.

Fast but hardy, this versatile dish hits the spot when you’re in a pinch.

Easy Cheesy Potato Sausage Skillet
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  2. 1 pound smoked sausage (or your favorite ring sausage variety), sliced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2/3 cup green onions, chopped (optional)
  5. 8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms (optional)
  6. 1 1/2 cups water
  7. 1 cup milk
  8. 1 box scalloped potatoes
  9. 1/2 cup salsa
  10. 12 oz bag frozen broccoli
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in skillet. Cook sausage, garlic, green onions (optional) and mushrooms (optional) over medium high heat until sausage browns.
  2. Add water and milk. Heat to boiling.
  3. Stir in potatoes and sauce mix from boxed scalloped potatoes. Add salsa and mix well.
  4. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Add frozen broccoli and cook 10 minutes or until potatoes and broccoli are tender.
  6. Remove from heat and let stand until sauce thickens.
Notes
  1. This dish is great for using up leftover veggies. Instead of broccoli or in addition to, use leftover zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, green beans or anything you think would taste good with sausage and cheese sauce.
  2. Add a cup of shredded cheddar with the salsa for a more "real" cheese taste.
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potatosausageskillet01

Oct 202011
 

Serves 12

Ingredients

16 oz. Package Spiral Pasta 1 C Mayonnaise
1 1/2 C Kielbasa, Polish Sausage & Smoked Sausage 3 T Cider Vinegar
1 can (2-1/4 ounces) Ripe Olives, Sliced & Drained 1 Envelope Italian Salad Dressing Mix
1/4 C Parmesan Cheese, Shredded 1 C Salad Croutons

Instructions

1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.

2. Place pasta in a large bowl; add the sausage, olives and parmesan cheese.

3. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar and salad dressing mix.

4. Stir into the pasta mixture.

5. Add croutons stir to coat.

6. Serve immediately.

Garlic & Herb Salad Dressing Mix is good also.

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