Recipe of the Week: Spicy Pasta & Sausage Bake


Like I’ve said before, I’m not much of a cook.

I’m no Top Chef (as I’m sure my husband will attest to). But I do like to dabble in the kitchen every once in awhile and I’ve been making great efforts to try and make a new recipe every week. Or every two weeks. Or every month. Ok, I’m trying.

This week’s creation was technically not a “new” recipe, I wanted to post about it because it was so damn delicious. I found it on Pinterest, and upon further research realized this recipe is in one of my 20 cookbooks that I currently own and rarely (ok, neverrrrr) open.

(I mean, just look at the name of the cookbook I used. My husband bought that cookbook for me. The best SIMPLE recipes. Simple. I’ve opened it maybe three times.)

From America’s Test Kitchen’s The Best Simple Recipes, I made the Spicy Sausage and Pasta Bake. I mean, you can’t really get any simpler than this recipe.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage
1.5 cups diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (10 oz) can Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chiles, Mild
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 oz penne pasta
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions

1. Add olive oil to an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add sausage and onions and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

2. Add broth, tomatoes, cream, pasta, salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, cover skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.

3. Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with scallions. Broil until cheese is melted, spotty brown, and bubbly.

Makes 4 servings.

The recipe was super simple and the outcome was amazing. It was comfort food at its best. If you are looking for something new and delish to make, try this recipe!

If you check out my Pinterest Boards, I have a couple of boards dedicated to cooking.

Recipes I’d Like to Try. A bunch of recipes which I would like to attempt in the near future.

Delicious and Successful Recipes. And by successful I mean I didn’t create a small fire in my kitchen. I kid, I kid. But no seriously. No one was harmed in the making of these delicious dishes. They are approved by my husband and friends.


  1. March 7, 2016 / 10:43 am

    This sounds absolutely delicious!

    • Kristine
      March 7, 2016 / 11:32 am

      It is so good!

  2. March 11, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    This looks amazing!! I’m saving this for later!

    • Kristine
      March 11, 2016 / 12:54 pm