Thursday, July 23, 2009

Creamy Sausage and Zucchini Pasta

It been all about simple meals this week at chez Good Appetite. I think between coming back from a weekend up North & getting ready for a visit from my parents later in the week, cooking became less of a priority. We had a bit of a cool, rainy day the other day so this quick pasta full of fresh summer zucchini & our own ground sausage really hit the spot.
I usually don't make this sort of dish with a cream sauce but I was really craving it. I think the best part was it only took 1/4 cup of half & half to make it creamy and comforting without being super bad for you.

Creamy Sausage and Zucchini Pasta

3 oz pasta shape of choice
1/2 T olive oil
1/2 lb bulk Italian sausage
1 large zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
1 t garlic, minced
pinch red pepper flakes
14-oz can petit diced tomatoes
2 T all-purpose flour
2 T vodka (optional)
1/4 c half & half
grated Romano cheese

Cook pasta according to directions.

Meanwhile heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage & cooked until browned. Add the zucchini, garlic & red pepper flakes. Sauté until the zucchini is just starting to get soft but you still want it to have a bite to it. Stir in the tomatoes & bring to a bubble. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Sprinkle the flour over everything & cook while stirring for 1 minutes. Stir in the vodka and half & half and cook until thickened. Season with a generous amount of pepper.

Serve over the cooked pasta with grated cheese on top.

serves 2 - 3

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Carrie said...

Looks really great, and so comforting!

Peter M said...

Kat, that'sa bowl of summer right there!

City Girl said...

This looks amazing! I have some ground pork to use up...I wonder if this might be just the dish!

Jen said...

Sounds perfect- I have tons of zucchini in the fridge from our CSA and was looking for something other than a cake to make with it... though I'll probably end up making both.

jillian said...

I love summer pasta dishes- this looks so good.

Did you post the result of your cheddar cheese yet?

Beth (jamandcream) said...

Like the sound of the vodka. Lovely summery dish

Lori said...

I like to have a creamed tomaoto sauce once in a while too. Its usually penne vodka.

THis looks very comforting and tastey!

grace said...

when i think of a cream sauce, i think of alfredo, and then i promptly think "yuck." this creamy sauce, however, i find extremely appealing, and the sausage-zuke combo is awesome.

Tanya said...

This looks like a yummy way to use up some zucchini.

Deborah said...

I have got to try this - you would not believe the amount of zucchini I have!!

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