Some days I am pretty sure my husband has some sort of Italian heritage hiding behind all the German. Half of his favorite recipes contain pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese....lots of cheese. This recipe delivers as a family favorite, using Italian sausage links in a creamy tomato sauce.
1 tbl. olive oil
1/2 lb. Italian Sausage link, casings removed
1/4 tsp cushed dried red pepper flakes
1/4 c. diced onion
1 1/2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14 1/2 oz) can Italian plum tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
3/4 c. whipping cream
1/4 tsp. salt
6 oz pasta
1 1/2 tbl minced parsley
grated parmesan cheese
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and crushed red pepper and cook until no longer pink. Add the onion and the garlic (could this smell any better???) and cook until the onion is tender and sausage is brown. Add the tomatoes, cream, and salt and simmer until the mixture thickens slightly, about 4-6 minutes. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water, drain. Combine the pasta and the sauce, sprinkle with parsley and parmesan. (The directions on the website say that this can be made ahead of time, just stop after the mixture is thickened and before you cook the pasta. When you're ready to cook, boil the pasta and simmer the sauce until thick).