I really do love to cook, especially when it's a recipe I know is tried and true. I like knowing it has gone before me to many a table with success. And by success I mean that 100% of the children at said table has eaten it without being bribed or threatened.
This is one of those recipes. My little kids love it, my husband loves it, and my stinky teenagers love it without drowning it in Ranch Dressing. Especially the one who helped me prepare it. In his honor, I'm renaming it "Darius Pasta". It was originally called Peasant Pasta by my good friend Rachel. I found it on her site but, since there are literally thousands of recipes you could cull through, I'm being kind and saving you hours of precious time trying to find a great recipe for your family.
I love this one because it has two of my favorite ingredients.
Garlic and Basil.
They make this dish divine.
As I was cooking, I also poured myself a glass of wine because it's summer and that's my excuse today.
Wait a second, who put those Milk Duds there? Rascals.
There we go. Much better. Now this recipe takes about 15 minutes to prepare so don't count on finishing your glass of wine. I love delicious recipes that are fast, too!
Here's what you need.
Just a note. This recipe will feed six.
You can double it if you need to since it's great for lunch the next day.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pound hot Italian sausage, available in bulk at butcher counter or, 2 links, casings removed. This is my favorite part because it adds a little heat and great flavor. Sometimes I'll do three links of each kind of sausage just because the hot is so yummy.
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, available in bulk at butcher counter or, 4 links, casings removed
3 to 4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup frozen green peas
24 leaves fresh basil, torn or thinly sliced
1 pound penne rigate pasta, cooked to al dente
Shredded parmesan cheese
Here's what you do.
First, get your water boiling for the pasta. Once it boils, cook it to al dente. I love saying al dente but it comes up as a typo in blogger. Weird.
Next heat a large skillet to medium high and pour your oil in the pan. Add the sausage and brown. Drain off all that yucky grease and then add your garlic and saute for a minute until the garlic has softened. De-glaze your pan with your chicken broth and add your tomatoes. Get that simmering gently and add your heavy cream. The cream makes it rich and fine.
This is when Darius pushed me out of the way to stir it all together.
Next add your basil and peas. I know the peas sound a little like a third wheel in this recipe but it adds great flavor and it gets one more serving of veggies in those stinky children. Even Darius eats em right up.
After all your ingredients have been added, salt and pepper to taste and mix with your pasta.
If you can get your children to make it to the table, more power to you. Darius just ate his right there at the kitchen counter.