Our weeknights have been busy lately with my son's guitar lessons and my daughter's basketball games. Easy frying pan dishes are calling my name! One thing I like about this recipe is that it can be "dressed up" or "dressed down." For my daughter, who has a "picky palate" I omit the garlic and red peppers and some of the extras in the dish. The vodka is okay to leave in for kids, since the alcohol is boiled down. It adds a hint of flavor, but it's not a prominent flavor. To make this dish more "adult friendly" I go all out and add a plethora of basil and a generous amount of pepper and garlic. So, this versatile sausage dish can be both kid-friendly and crowd pleasing for the adults in the household. Another thing I like about this dish it that the sausage is precooked and only requires you to brown the sides. Although there are a few steps to the recipe, it comes together rather quickly. You can prepare this recipe ahead of time; however, the noddles started to scorch on the pan when placed on simmer. So since it's a recipe that is fairly quick to prepare, I recommend serving this dish right away. Here's how I made this Sausage Bow Tie Pasta with Vodka Cream Sauce:
Ingredients: One pound box bow tie pasta; one 22 ounce can crushed tomatoes; one 12 ounce package Hillshire Farm precooked smoked sausage; 1/4 cup vodka; 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream; 1 tablespoon olive oil; 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic; 1 large red bell pepper; 1/4 tsp. garlic salt; 1/4 tsp. pepper; 2 tablespoons chopped basil
Directions: Boil water for pasta and cook noodles according to package directions. While noodles are cooking, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, red pepper, and sausage. Turn heat to medium low. Cook for 6-9 minutes, stirring occasionally. When sausage is browned on both sides, and garlic and pepper are tender, remove from heat. In a medium size saucepan, bring the vodka and heavy whipping cream to a boil over medium heat. When it starts to boil, reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, or until liquid is reduced in half. Add the crushed tomatoes, garlic salt, and pepper and heat for 2 additional minutes. Drain noodles. Add to the pan with the sausage. Add the sauce. Mix until combined. Garnish with basil. Serves approximately 6.
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