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Creamy Mozzarella Pasta with Smoked Sausage

Creamy Mozzarella Pasta with Smoked Sausage - Italian style pasta dinner that looks good and tastes great!  Short penne pasta with thinly sliced smoked sausage are smothered in a delicious creamy sauce made with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper flakes, half and half, and Mozzarella cheese.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 602 kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 0.4 lb smoked sausage , sliced (I used Gyulai Smoked Sausage)
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes , without oil, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese , shredded
  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add sliced sausage, cook for 4 minutes, about 2 minutes on each side. Sausage will release its own juice. Remove sausage from the skillet.
  2. To the same skillet, add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and minced garlic. Cook for about 1 minute, constantly stirring.
  3. Add half and half. Bring to boil. Add cheese, reduce heat, and keep stirring until the cheese melts. Bring heat to medium, if needed, to melt the cheese, then reduce to simmer.
  4. Cook pasta, drain.
  5. Add cooked and drained pasta and sausage back to the skillet with the sauce. Stir. Add pepper flakes.
  6. Note: I did not have to add salt, as the smoked sausage is already salty and provides enough saltiness. Add salt to taste, if needed.

Recipe Notes

WHAT IS HALF AND HALF? Half and half is half milk half cream. To make 1 cup of half and half, combine 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream or heavy whipping cream.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Mozzarella Pasta with Smoked Sausage
Amount Per Serving
Calories 602 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 620mg 26%
Potassium 599mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 12.2%
Vitamin C 5.4%
Calcium 26.5%
Iron 11.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.