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Creamy Sausage Tortolle

Quick and easy is the theme this week. I am on the road for work for a few weeks , I get to return home on weekends, but with flights landing late on friday night and flying out mid day Sunday - there is barely enough time to get unpacked and repacked - I did not want to spend what little I had at home in the kitchen, but I still wanted something good and homecooked. On friday night, I made this super quick creamy sausage tortrolle. Honestly you will not believe how easy this is - you can save some time by not grating the sausage like I did (that is the food nerd in me), just cube it and feel free to use any kind of pasta you have available - I especially like this with tortrolle, bow tie pasta and shell pasta.

Creamy Sausage Tortolle
Creamy Sausage Tortolle
Creamy Sausage Tortolle
Creamy Sausage Tortolle
Creamy Sausage Tortolle
Creamy Sausage Tortolle

So let me just clarify - because the question always comes up when I share this recipe with friends - I grate the sausage because it cooks faster and the flavor is a little more elevated and because I always use tortolle pasta in this recipe, I never want anything to over shadow the pasta. Now that the food nerd minute is over - here is the recipe. 

What you need:

  • 8 oz tortolle (or pasta of choice)
  • 8 oz smoked sausage 
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese + 1 tablespoon parmesan for garnish

How to:

Cook pasta according to package direction. Grate sausage until you have at least 1 cup of grated sausage. 

While pasta is cooking, grate sausage until you have at about 1 cup of grated sausage. Heat a skillet over medium heat, add sausage. Cook until the fat begins to render (3 to 5 minutes), stirring constantly. Add in the white wine, turn heat down to low and let it cook for a minute or two.

With heat on low, stir in cream and tablespoon parmesan cheese. Bring to a light boil, stir in cooked tortolle. Season with salt and pepper, as needed. Let it simmer on low heat for 3 to 5 minutes. 

Serve immediately and garnish with parmesan cheese

Serves 2 / 25 minutes