Spicy Turkey Sausage and Penne Pasta

First of all, turkey sausage is amazing. I really should cook with it more often. AND the sauce is cheesy and creamy. The original recipe did not call for Sriracha sauce. But I wanted to make it more spicy, and Will keeps a bottle of that stuff and puts it on everything... so I thought I'd try it out. It was awesome. So if you like spice, use it. If you don't, leave it out. This dish tasted like a yummy pasta dish I'd get at a restaurant, but likely more healthy. :)


1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb smoked turkey sausage
1.5 c diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 c low-sodium chicken broth
1 can Rotel
1/2 c cream
10 oz penne pasta
1/2 tsp salt & pepper, each
1 c Monteray Jack cheese, shredded
1/2 c thinly sliced green onions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add olive oil to a large pan and heat over-medium high heat until just smoking. Add sausage and diced onions. Cook until lightly browned, about 4-5 min. Then add garlic and cook 1 additional minute. Add broth, tomatoes, cream, pasta, and salt/pepper to the pan and stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to med-low and simmer, covered, for about 15 min. Remove pan from heat, and stir in 1/2 c cheese and 1/4 c green onions. Spray a 9x13" casserole dish and transfer pasta mixture to dish. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese & green onions. Bake about 10-15 min or until bubbling and cheese is lightly browned. Let cool and enjoy!


Original recipe found here.

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