Sausage Penne

Nothing gets you in the mood like a big juicy sausage!  Coupled with long penne pasta oozing with cheese, this sinful dish will get your mouth watering. FYI – this rates up there with the naughtiest of dishes – butter, oil, cream, cheese, and sausage – not for those looking to avoid a heart attack while indulging.  At least you’ll go out with a smile on your face, though. *wink*
1/2 lb penne
3 T butter
2 T olive oil
1 1/2 c heavy cream
1/4 t pepper (ground)
1/2 c parmesan cheese (grated)
1 c sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
2 Chicken Sausages (cut in 1/2” rounds; diagonally) I use Johnsonville Three Cheese Italian; but feel free to sub)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bring salted water to a boil for the penne.
2. Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, brown sausage on both sides; set aside.
3. Melt butter in the saute pan with olive oil over medium/low heat.
4. Add cream and pepper; bring mixture to a simmer over low heat, stirring often.
5. Add the parmesan cheese and simmer sauce for 5-8 minutes or until sauce has thickened and is smooth.
6. When sauce has thickened add the cheddar cheese and stir constantly until smooth.
7. Toss sausage, sauce, and penne together and place in a oven proof dish; bake for 20 minutes.



Gemelli pasta resembles two entwined lovers. Bold asiago cheese, fresh salty bacon and golden caramelized onions envelop each twist like they were created for each other. This Valentine’s Day, prepare this rich baked delight and pair it with a great bottle of Pinot Gris. Trust me….Cupid is sure to nail you with his arrow!

p.s. Fresh, quality ingredients are a must, especially if you’re trying to keep your Valentine past February 14!

Asiago Gemelli w/ Caramelized Onions & Bacon

8 oz gemelli pasta
8 oz asiago cheese (shredded)
1/2 medium onion (chopped)
4 slices bacon (chopped into 1/2 – 1 inch pieces)
2 T butter
3 T flour
3/4 c cow boob juice
Salt & pepper
1/8 c panko breadcrumbs

1. Cook pasta for 9-10 minutes in lightly salted water.
2. Fry bacon, drain on paper towels & chop (reserve drippings).
3. Sauté chopped onion in the bacon drippings for 10-15 minutes over a low flame, stirring frequently.
4. In the meantime, melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.
5. Slowly whisk flour into the butter until it thickens.
6. Slowly whisk in the boob juice (sauce will thin out, but still have weight).
7. Add salt, pepper and all but one ounce of the asiago cheese (reserve for top).
8. Toss the onions, pasta and bacon into the sauce and mix well.
9. Pour mixture into a 7″ x 11″ baking dish and top with panko breadcrumbs.
10. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, sprinkling the reserved asiago on top after 15 minutes. Then, you are just 5 minutes away from gemelli ecstasy!!!


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