Why another cooking blog?

I decided to create this blog as a way for family and friends to see what I'm cooking and to share interesting food related tidbits I come across.
I'm frequently asked for recipes so I thought this would be a good place to start collecting the old, new, and funky recipes that I have.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Creamy Jambalaya Pasta

Plain Chicken is becoming one of my favorite site to go look for recipes. I tried out this recipe a few days ago and all three of us liked it. I call this kid-approved and Jeff-approved.

Creamy Jambalaya Pasta
From Plain Chicken adapted from Steamy Kitchen

1/2 pound Farfalle pasta
1/2 lb smoked sausage, cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup heavy cream (or half & half or evaporated milk)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped onion or 2 Tbsp minced onion flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup white wine
4 tablespoon tomato sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped parsley
Parmesan cheese

In a large pot, boil water for pasta. Salt water.  Boil pasta and cook until al dente.  Set aside.

Brown sausage in a small skillet over medium heat. Once browned, add onion and saute for two minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant.  Add white wine to skillet, making sure to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom.  Let wine reduce by half, about two minutes.
Stir in Cajun seasoning, paprika, salt, pepper and tomato sauce. Add cream and heat to almost bubbling, then reduce heat to low. Allow the cream mixture to reduce by half, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta and add to skillet. Toss with parsley and freshly grated Parmesan.

My Notes:
I doubled this recipe so we would have left-overs and I'm glad I did.... we inhaled this. I added quite a bit (prob close to 5 oz) of julienned spinach to this recipe as my family does not eat near enough vegetables. It added some color as well. The sauce was a little thin for my tastes so I also added 1T of cornstarch mixed in 1T of water to thicken it before I added the pasta.

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