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I hope you enjoy your visit here, whether it’s your first time or your 30th. I first started sharing my recipes as Facebook Notes, until my friends began asking how they could share them with their friends; so I gathered my courage and tiptoed into the world of blogging via Tumblr. As interest in my blog started “cooking,” my wonderful hubby set me up at WordPress with my own domain. (All the content from my previous blog moved here as well.) Let me know what you think, and be sure to bookmark it for future reference!

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Smoked Sausage Pasta

This recipe uses some of my favorite ingredients and shortcuts to create a dish that’s flavorful and comforting.

  • 1 pkg smoked sausage (whole or links)
  • 16 oz pasta (short or long, here I’ve used ditalini)
  • 4 cups water or broth
  • 1/2 cup diced onion/bell pepper/celery blend
  • 1 tub flavored cream cheese or other soft cheese like Boursin
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt, black pepper, and seasoning blend to taste

Saute vegetable blend in butter in Dutch oven or large pot until softened. Slice sausage into coins and add to pot, continuing to saute until beginning to brown. Stir in liquid, scraping bottom of pot to dislodge any stuck bits. Add tomato paste, seasonings, and pasta, and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium and stir regularly until pasta is done. Remove from heat and stir in cheeses. Serve when cheese is melted.