Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pasta for the Men

Just the word pasta makes me hungry. I could eat it 3 times a week easily. I like almost anything with pasta in it. Somehow, though, the men in my family have gotten it in their heads that pasta isn't quite manly enough for them. And don't even try suggesting a meatless sauce. It's basically revived as if I said we just were skipping dinner all together.
They all eat it by the way. They even like it. But they groan when I say we're having it. Probably more to make my voice get squeaky than to voice real feelings. 
So one day I'm flipping through one of the billions of magazines I get with recipes in them.
This is just from the past 2 weeks...

I saw this recipe and thought..hmmm..maybe the food critics will like this one. It didn't seem like something I would necessarily love, but but I was willing to give it a shot. WOW. I could not have been more wrong. Delicious. Zero leftovers delicious. Did I mention it takes like 18 minutes to make? Holy cow.

1 package of smoked sausage, diagonally cut into 1/4" thick slices
12 oz. pasta
1 onion, diced
2 cups heavy cream
Cajun seasoning
1 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package.  Saute the onion and sausage in a large (I use non stick) skillet over medium high heat until onions are tender, stirring occasionally.  Add cream and Cajun seasoning. Okay here's where it gets tricky. The original recipe called for 2 teaspoons. Y'all. No. That sounds like a way for my insides to light themselves on fire while my esophagus fills with lava. Can't do it. Some of you love spicy food, put as much as you want. However, if you, like me, also have a volcano instead of a digestive system, then just sprinkle some in there, wait, and taste. If it tastes like plain cream, sprinkle more. I did this three times before I could even taste it. But I would always rather be careful than make something so hot I can't even enjoy it. If everything in italics is unbelievable madness to you, you're probably safe with the 2 teaspoons. Excuse me while I take Tums just thinking about it. Bring cream sauce to a boil, then reduce heat ad gently simmer until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat, stir in Parmesan. Please not from a green bottle. This should be refrigerated when you buy it. Stir in your cooked pasta and sprinkle some dried parsley on top if you feel fancy.

What is your family picky finicky particular about?

1 comment:

  1. Mmmm this sounds incredible. And the volcano part made me LOL.