Wednesday, October 8, 2014

fettuccine with basil, parmesan and italian turkey sausage

last monday i was in the mood for pasta and red sauce…once in a while i crave this combination. 
i am not much for either one, so my italian husband really appreciates these moments. 
this could also be turned into a crock pot meal but I would boil the pasta right before its dinner time. 
i had these ingredients at home already and felt a little creative... here is what i came up with…it turned out amazing! 
my husbands comment, "this is better than any italian restaurant."(he's very honest)
 mission accomplished!

4-8 oz of fettuccine (this was dinner for 2 so i probably used 4 oz.)
4 sweet italian turkey sausage
2 large garlic cloves
1 jar of mids pasta sauce (i used half of the jar)
1 block of parmesan reggiano (shaved)
basil leaves
olive oil
crushed red pepper (optional)

1. fill pan with water to prepare the pasta as directed on box. cut sausage into slices and brown in a skillet with a little olive oil.

2. once sausage is thoroughly cooked add pasta sauce and garlic to the skillet then let simmer. boil noodles.

3. shave desired amount of parmesan cheese and shop 6-7 leaves of basil. drain pasta and place on plate. spoon pasta sauce and sausage over the fettuccine then garnish with cheese and basil.

cooks tip: if you freeze the sausage for a little bit it makes it easier to slice.