Is there anyone on the planet who does not like Pasta Alfredo? I would be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t enjoy it. Okay, I have two very close associates, my children, who won’t touch it if broccoli has made it into the recipe. But speaking of the dish with just the noodles, some sort of meat, like chicken, shrimp, or ham, and the yummy sauce, even Picky and Pickier, enjoy it. (No shrimp for Daphne, either.)
I came upon a recipe for Pasta Alfredo with a bit of a twist – Sausage Alfredo! The recipe comes from the kitchen of Hillshire Farms, so let me give credit where credit is due. The thing that really got my attention was that it is ready in 15 minutes. There are a couple of short cuts that allow you to get away without mincing garlic or using ground white pepper. (Don’t even have any of that stuff on my spice shelf. No, I am not sophisticated enough to have a spice rack.)
One word of caution: in Alfredo recipes, heavy cream is used, 2 cups of heavy cream. For the diet conscious, eating a bowl of this recipe may just blow your calorie count for the day. Each tablespoon of heavy cream has 64 calories and 5 grams of fat. These numbers didn’t deter my family and me.
One other piece of advice: I searched a couple of stores looking for heavy cream. I remember seeing it when I was younger. I couldn’t find a carton of heavy cream only heavy whipping cream. I bought the heavy whipping cream and hoped it would work. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, heavy whipping cream is the perfect ingredient for the dish. Maybe manufacturers decided to name both items the same thing. So don’t be afraid of heavy whipping cream if the recipe calls for heavy cream. This is probably obvious to you culinary experts. My mom would have known this, but I am not the whiz in the kitchen that she is.
1 package(Hillshire Farm) smoked sausage -12to16 oz.
8 ounce pasta cooked, drained
2 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (Yes, there is such a thing and you will find it in the spice aisle.)
½ cup grated Parmesan (not the powdery stuff in a can that you sprinkle on your spaghetti)
Prepare the pasta according to the package directions. I used Ziti. Drain and set aside. Cut the sausage into thin slices and then sauté for5 minutes. Add cream and Cajun seasoning and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Stir in Parmesan until it melts. Then add the pasta and toss. Serve and enjoy.
The folks at Hillshire Farm suggest adding peas, tomatoes, or any of your favorite veggies. Stir them in and simmer. Don’t add broccoli if you are going to make it for my family, please.