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Spicy Sausage Pasta

Adapted from America's Test Kitchen "The Best Simple Recipe"


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb smoked sausage
  • 1.5 cups diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups 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


  • Add oil to an oven safe skillet. Saute sausage and onions until the onions are soft about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic for about 30 seconds while stirring until fragrant.
  • Add to the skillet broth, tomatoes, cream, pasta, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Put lid on the skillet, bring to a boil and simmer until pasta is cooked, about 15 minutes.
  • When pasta is cooked, remove from heat.
  • Add 1//2 cup cheese to the pasta and stir until it is melted and incorporated. Add remaining cheese to the top and place skillet under broiler until cheese is bubbly and brown.
  • Top with scallions and serve.


If you would like a less spicy version, you may used petite diced tomatoes instead of the Mild Ro-Tel Tomatoes.
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