Friday, January 10, 2014

Easy 20 Minute Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Ok so I know I'm cheating a little bit, but this website is called HARDLY Housewives, not Honorable Housewives, so I feel like I'm not misleading anyone by posting a recipe that's not totally from scratch. 

The key to making a super fast, super delicious, you'd swear it was made from scratch, recipe, is to choose high quality ingredients.  We went to Mario Batali's new Chicago Eataly this week, so the choice of high quality ingredients was endless.   

Choose an Alfredo sauce that's in the refrigerated section of the grocery store - it will more likely be made with real ingredients and not be packed with a million preservatives and other fake stuff.  I love Giovanni Rana's Alfredo sauce.  

Read your labels people!!  It's made with the same ingredients I'd use at home if I were to make it from scratch.  The only downside is that the nutritional value is on the back (yikes)...besides that, score! 

To make it extra special (and quick!) buy fresh pasta.  It cooks in 3-4 minutes, which is about half the time dry pasta takes to cook.  Oh, and it's amazing.   Try to find a local, Italian market or a Whole Foods - they will be most likely to carry it.

Mmmm...Italian sausage.  We can't forget the sausage.  That's my favorite part of this meal! 

So that's all we have folks - sausage, Alfredo, fresh pasta, and some fresh chopped parsley.

20 Minute Sausage Alfredo Pasta: 

1 lb of Italian Sausage, Casings Removed
1 Lb of Fresh Fettuccine 
1 1/2 Cups of Pre Pade Alfredo Sauce 
2 Tbs of Fresh Parsley  

Brown sausage over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until completely cooked through.  Drain oil. While sausage is browning, cook pasta according to pasta directions and add to cooked sausage.  Pour Alfredo over pasta and sausage and toss.  Finish with a little fresh chopped parsley and serve.  Voila.
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