Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Penne With Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Italian Sausage

For those of you who are following me on this blog, you know how much I love pasta! This dish is incredible and goes together fairly quickly! If you've never had pasta sauce made from roasted red peppers, you really should give it a try. I promise, you won't be disappointed! It has a rich yet smooth flavor. Jarred peppers work wonderfully in this dish, but if your feel like roasting fresh red peppers, I commend you! I also added crumbled goat cheese to this dish right before I tossed in the pasta. Just about one ounce, hoping  my husband wouldn't notice it. He's not a fan of goat cheese, but he said the sauce was delicious! It adds an earthy flavor that I love. If you're not a fan either and would prefer fresh Parmesan, it's just as delicious in this dish! I really hope you try this recipe.


  • 1 lb Gluten Free Penne Pasta
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausageicon
  • 1 jar of roasted red peppers (drained)
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine 
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 oz goat cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup shaved or grated fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)
Dice the onion, garlic and roasted red peppers. Set aside.
Brown and crumble the Italian sausage in a large skillet. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Prepare the pasta according to package directions.
While the pasta is cooking, add the butter/olive oil to the same skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onions and saute until tender and have a little color. Stir in salt, pepper and the garlic and saute for another minute. Don't let the garlic brown!
Pour in the chicken broth and wine and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.

Add the red peppers and dried herbs (if using).

Add the cooked sausage, fresh herbs (if using), saute for 2-3 minutes.
Stir in the heavy cream and goat cheese (if using), and simmer for a minute or so until the cheese becomes one with the sauce.

By now your pasta should be ready. Drain and add it to the sauce, toss to combine.

If you are using fresh Parmesan, add it as well and toss again. Place the pasta on a large serving platter and garnish with fresh herbs.

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