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 20minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 50minutes
0.4lbsmoked sausage, sliced (I used Gyulai Smoked Sausage)
¼cupsun-dried tomatoes, without oil, finely chopped
4garlic cloves, minced
1 ½cupshalf and half
1cupmozzarella cheese, shredded
¼teaspoonred pepper flakes
saltto taste (optional)
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.
To the same skillet, add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and minced garlic. Cook for about 1 minute, constantly stirring.
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.
Cook pasta, drain.
Add cooked and drained pasta and sausage back to the skillet with the sauce. Stir. Add pepper flakes.
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.
WHAT IS HALF AND HALF? Half and half is half milk half cream. To make 1 cup of half and half, combine ½ cup milk and ½ cup heavy cream or heavy whipping cream.