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Big Black Dog: Cavatappi Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

April 7, 2010

Cavatappi Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream


Do you like to use fun shaped pasta? I do which is exactly why I bought a bag of Cavatappi Pasta. Who can resist those cute shapes? Don't you love it!

We thoroughly enjoy pasta any way, shape or form and could easily eat pasta several times a week but we don't. My husband is diabetic so I do have to watch the carbohydrates and sugars so maybe we'll have pasta once a month. And I always make his portion with Whole Wheat pasta which is a bit better for him.

I found the Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream on a cooking forum years ago and I believe it is my favorite pasta to date. I do make it with my Homemade Sausage but you can use any brand of Sweet Italian Sausage.


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Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

2 TBL Olive Oil
1 LB Sweet Italian Sausage sweet
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (I use 1/4 tsp Hot Hungarian Paprika)
4-5 Green Onions, diced
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 28-ounce can Italian diced tomatoes
1 1/2 c whipping cream (I use light cream)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 lb shaped pasta
3 TBL fresh minced Basil

Topping: Freshly grated Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in large heavy skillet over medium heat. Remove casings from sausage, crumble and cook in oil with crushed pepper until sausage is no longer pink, about 7 minutes.

Add onion and garlic and cook another 5-7 minutes until tender. Drain tomatoes, chop coarsely and stir into sausage along with cream, salt and basil. Simmer until mixture thickens slightly, about 4 minutes.

In a separate pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta al dente. Drain pasta and add to simmering sauce. Garnish with Parmesan and parsley.

Enjoy!


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33 Comments:

Blogger angelina said...

i'm starving. can i come eat that tonite??

April 7, 2010 at 12:43 AM  
Anonymous Robyn said...

I am so addicted to pasta - this looks like a gorgeous recipe...

April 7, 2010 at 4:48 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

I could eat pasta every day for the rest of my life and not get bored. I love this shape! Haven't had it in a while since I haven't found a whole wheat version but I may just have to give in and eat the white version after seeing this. It's bringing back all kinds of food memories. Sausage and cream sounds like a delicious topping. I love this.

April 7, 2010 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Kayte said...

This looks absolutely delightful. Will give it a run soon, usually have it all on hand for those nights I say, "Michelle, what are you cooking for dinner tonight?" As I figure it is something I will want to cook, too! I love the shape of this pasta...will have to look for it. I have, I just counted, 14 different shapes of pasta in the pantry right now. I always buy things when I see them knowing I will use it for something. Your photo is just so enticing.

April 7, 2010 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Looks simple and delicious!

April 7, 2010 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Looks simple and delicious!

April 7, 2010 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

Did you say cream? I'm in! This looks delicious :)

April 7, 2010 at 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Elle said...

Gaw-geous! That looks like one of the best forms of comfort food--pasta, and a delicious meaty sauce. My favorite noodles, too!

April 7, 2010 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Never seen noodles like that, but I do entertain myself by using the different shapes available to me. If I saw this one, I would buy it. This dish looks delicious.

April 7, 2010 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

I love to use cavatappi. It holds all the wonderful sauce so well. Your pasta looks so appetizing.

April 7, 2010 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Sarah M said...

This looks incredible!! I'm craving some good Italian right now!

April 7, 2010 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Mmmmmmm yuuuummmmmy!! This looks divine!!

April 7, 2010 at 10:38 AM  
Anonymous tasteofbeirut said...

Sounds delicious and very simple and fast to make! why don't I think of it more often! Thanks for the idea!

April 7, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Love cavatappi! Looks fabulous. :)

April 7, 2010 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love the shape of the pasta. I love squiggly shapes that hold more of the sauce. The recipe sounds wonderful and I'd love to try it with turkey Italian sausage.

April 7, 2010 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

oh this looks amazing! so full of flavor!

April 7, 2010 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

This is one of our go to pasta recipes. Perfect for a quick week nite meal.
Mimi

April 7, 2010 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

One of the things you learn right off in food service, espically in the catering wing of it, is that a large percentage of how something tastes, actually has to do with how the food is presented - how it looks to people.

That's why when doing up a menu, you have to not only think about will the various menu items taste good together, but also will they look good together on a plate. Is everything going to be drab looking, or have you included some good color? Etc.

The shapes of objects also affect how people percieve something is going to taste.

So the combination of various colors and fun shapes make for much higher reviews of your food, before it even actually hits their taste buds.

And after reading over this recipe, their taste buds would only be adding more positive points to the overall rating! :-}

As the 'Colonel' use to say, "I love it when a plan comes together" ;-p

April 7, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

I am salivating! That sauce with the sausage and cream looks positively addictive.

April 7, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Noelle said...

This looks scrumptious!!

April 7, 2010 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

With ingredients like cream, pasta, and sausage, I know it's going to be good.

April 7, 2010 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Julie Harward said...

This looks so good to me...I love everything in it..the spice of it the tomatoes and cream...YUM! You are an awesome cook and I love your recipes! Come say hi :D

April 7, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Sweet and Savory said...

You are right. The shape gives the meal personality. This looks delicious.

April 7, 2010 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

This sounds really great Michele. Just printed it out for sometime soon. I made the cheesey cookie snack with the pepper jelly on Easter Sunday. Made them to set out for anyone that could not wait for dinner for a bite. Everyone liked them.

April 7, 2010 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow looks wonderful I will have to check out your homemade sausage recipe

April 7, 2010 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Cristie said...

I've never made homemade sausage, but it is on my list. I love a good pasta that will hold the sauce, yours looks wonderful.

April 7, 2010 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger Fuji Mama said...

I LOVE cavatappi! I love how the grooves in it help hold on to the sauce. I'm one who likes a healthy dose of sauce with each noodle, so the fact that you are using this particular pasta tells me that I would love this pasta!

April 7, 2010 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger theUngourmet said...

I do so love fun pasta shapes! I really like this recipe. Even though my husband isn't usually a big pasta lover, I think he would go for this one...big time!

April 8, 2010 at 12:40 AM  
Blogger kudoskookies said...

Michelle, this looks like a dream come true. I love this recipe and it would make a wonderful meal for company. Fast, easy and elegant. The complete package! Thanks for posting.

April 8, 2010 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger jaz@octoberfarm said...

what is it about cavatappi? i just love that pasta! this looks really good.

April 8, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
OpenID biz319 said...

My daughter actually thinks the shaped pastas taste better!

Looks delicious!

April 8, 2010 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

Pardon the change of subject: "The "right" pink house is out there somewhere. Not just any house in any location is pink worthy. You may have to call it "peach" or "salmon" or something.

April 8, 2010 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I love to try out all those pasta shapes too. Sausage and cream is one of my favorite ways to enjoy pasta too.

April 8, 2010 at 8:46 PM  

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