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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rigatoni w/ Sausage & Peas

So, this is definitely NOT a healthy option! If you're looking for something that isn't laden with calories, skip this. It's one dish that I don't make often simply because of the fact that it uses 1/4 cup of straight up butter and 1 and 1/2 cups of heavy cream...but there are peas in it, so it has a glimmer of nutrition buried deep down.

The boy and I love this dish, Linds likes the noodles and peas, and even Luke is coming around - although my little "miva" (man-diva) got a bite that had a little sausage and proceeded to stand at the trash can for a couple minutes spitting it out and whining that it was "NOT NUMMY!" Someday these kids will come around to the awesomeness that is sausage?!?

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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