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Thursday, October 21, 2010

October 20 - Rigatoni w/ sausage and peas

I'm actually glad that the photo uploader was down on Blogger yesterday because my review would have been a lot different! I made this dinner and *loved* it last night - it was quick and delicious (albeit high in calories); I reheated it for lunch and it did not reheat well. It lost the alfredo-ish texture of the sauce and was pretty much dripping with oil...not at all like the night before. So if you do decide to make it (and I highly recommend you do!), eat it all in one sitting.

Rigatoni w/ Sausage & Peas
1 16-ounce box rigatoni pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound ground sausage
2 cups frozen green peas
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil and sauté garlic over medium heat. Add sausage and brown.
  2. Once brown, add frozen peas and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3.  In the meantime, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. 
  4. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. 
  5. Slowly add heavy cream and butter to sausage skillet; bring to a slight boil. 
  6. Cook for 5 minutes. 
  7. Toss with cooked pasta and top with Parmesan cheese. 
The whole process should take just about half an hour. The estimated calories per serving is 611 (and this is an 8-serving dish). You can probably make some substitutions to get that number down (anything from cutting back on the amount of sausage to substituting ingredients in the sauce). The end result, however, is try it on a splurge night (if you are food obsessed like me and count calories/fat/etc.!)

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