Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Best Dinner Ever!

It's wise to pay attention when 4yr old Zoe declares, This is the 'Best Dinner Ever'!

 Here it is!
Taste of Home ....
Makeover Creamy Itslian Sausage and Pasta. 

Makeover Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe


  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
  • 3/4 pound turkey Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 3/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley


Cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, 
cook the sausage, red pepper and onion over medium heat
 until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain and return to the pan.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, half-and-half, milk,
 wine or chicken broth, cheese, salt, pepper and paprika until blended. 
Add to the sausage mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. 
Remove from the heat.
Drain pasta. In a large bowl, combine sausage mixture and pasta. 
Before serving, sprinkle with parsley. 

 Changes I made .....
* used more flour than called for... Not much, but I thought we'd like it to be thicker. I used rice flour. 
* used gluten free elbow pasta. I do like Ancient Harvest Quinoa brand. 
* didn't have any half and half. I used 1 cup of Almond milk instead.... Because we were almost out of regular milk and didn't want to use all of it :)
* added a can of drained chopped tomatoes. 
* also added some diced celery.....I didn't have a lot of red peppers and I knew some in the family would prefer less of those. 
* the grated cheese I used was a 3 cheese....Romano, Asiago, and Parmesan. 

It's a keeper! 


Jean Stauffer said...

It looks great! I have yet to try any gluten-free pasta. I'm glad for the suggestion, because I need more variety than rice all the time.

Theresa said...

That looks delicious:) I bet you'll be making that again! I am saving this recipe! Have a blessed day dear Doris, stay warm! HUGS!


Looks delicious.