Creamy Pasta with Chicken Sausage – Pinterest Recipe of the Week

Pinterest Challenge – Valentine’s Day Edition

February is a crazy month.  My birthday is on the 7th and his is on the 21st (Happy pre-birthday!!!) and smack dab in the middle is Valentine’s day (or Black “fill in the blank day” when I was in college).

Don’t get me wrong – we still celebrate Valentine’s Day but in order to keep our wallets in check, we usually keep it low key.  That does not mean, however, that we don’t try and keep it special, so our tradition for years has been making a meal together.

Since the weather has been so, so cold the past couple of days, I thought making the ultimate comfort food (pasta) would be a great way to make dinner together while not losing too much time away from our marathon binge watch of Tyrant (YES – i that we had planned.  So, I suggested purchasing fresh pasta from DiFiore Ravioli Shop in Rocky Hill, a good (read: not Wonder Bread texture) loaf of bread, and making our own sauce to go along with it.  We had some garlic and broccoli rabe chicken sausage in the fridge and since Mark usually likes some meat with his pasta dish, our meal was set.

It was not until we were in DiFiore Ravioli Shop that my idea for what type of sauce to make came together.  We usually get fresh ravioli but when I saw the fresh rigatoni in the refrigerator case, a lightbulb went off.

Can't beat fresh pasta1
Can’t beat fresh pasta!

I had some roasted tomato sauce that I canned last summer (those who train for a marathon lead pretty boring lives) and a quick search of my “Pasta Pizazz” Pinterest board revealed I had pinned a recipe that was perfect for the pasta we purchased.  

Those who train for a marathon can tomato's on Friday evenings.
Those who train for a marathon can on Friday night’s

It also helped that DiFiore Ravioli Ship also carried the goat cheese and we were able to pick up a good loaf of Italian bread to round out the meal.

Goat cheese for the win!
Goat cheese for the win!

Pinterest Challenge Recipe – Creamy Pasta with Chicken Sausage

In between one of the episodes I was able to easily cook the chicken sausage in the skillet and boil the salted pasta water.  I have not cooked fresh pasta in quite some time so I had forgotten how fast it cooks.  Luckily – the sauce just needed to be warmed after the sausage was cooked.

Within 30 minutes we had a piping hot meal, a glass of red wine and we were comfortably back on the couch watching the remaining episodes of Tyrant – seriously a great show, can’t wait for Season #3.

Mark popping bottles.
Mark popping bottles!

This recipe was super easy (and customizable – I substituted goat cheese and a thick pasta sauce)and even if you did not have fresh pasta – the recipe could easily be made with your favorite boxed variety.

Creamy Pasta with Chicken Sausage
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Servings
4 people
Servings
4 people
Creamy Pasta with Chicken Sausage
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Servings
4 people
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. 1. Take the chicken sausage and prick with a fork. Place in a skillet with water and cook until done. The pricked sausage will release the fat which can be drained with the water when the sausage is cooked. NOTE: If your chicken sausage is pre-cooked, this step can be skipped.
  2. Once the chicken sausage is done cooking, drain the water and slice the chicken sausage into small rounds. At the same time, boil a pot of salted water for the pasta to be added to.
  3. Once the chicken sausage is cut, add back to the skillet and on medium high heat brown slightly.
  4. Once the chicken sausage is browned, add the diced tomatoes, goat cheese, and pasta sauce. Stir to combine, lower the heat to medium, cover and let heat through.
  5. Once the pasta water is boiling add your pasta and cook according to the directions. NOTE - fresh pasta cooks very fast, so do not leave it unattended.
  6. Once the pasta is cooked, drain, making sure to keep some of the pasta water to thin the sauce if necessary.
  7. Serve in one of two ways. 1 - Add pasta to individual bowls and cover with the sauce. 2 - Add the pasta to the sauce, combine and serve in individual bowls.
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8 Comments


  1. Yum! I’ll have to check the pasta store out – Rocky Hill is just across the river from me. And I like the part about those who train for marathons can on Friday evenings 🙂

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    1. Yes do come over – I will be getting my “can jam” on again this summer for sure!

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    1. I know – I am going to have work on having more budget friendly romantic evenings in the future!

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  2. I love anything with Goat Cheese! Love the zip it puts in food!

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    1. It’s so creamy and delicious. My personal local favorite is goat cheese from Sweet Pea

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