Too many years ago to calculate, my Italian stepmom would make this pasta for dinner. It’s one of those meals you just make with ingredients on hand and have no formal recipe. It ended up earning the name “Cari’s Favorite Pasta”, because there truly was no other way to describe it. This pasta is now a favorite of my kids. They ask for it often, but now it’s “Mommy’s Favorite Pasta.” N loves to help me make it now, too.
It’s quite simple to make and so scrumptious. You can make people think you slaved away all day.
What you need:
- 1lb Italian sausage
- 1 – 22oz can crushed tomatoes
- Approximately 8-10oz heavy whipping cream
- 1 box of your favorite pasta
- When making this I prefer crushed tomatoes, but when I can’t find those (I know that seems weird that I can’t find crushed tomatoes, but it’s happened more than I should need to admit) I use whatever I can get my hands on. In the end, it all cooks down anyway.
- I get bulk sausage when I can so I don’t have to take the casing off. We prefer mild or sweet in our house, but if you do hot, go for it!
- We usually do Farfalle (bowtie) pasta.
- My dad now likes to add mushrooms to the sauce (yuck!).
- You can totally hide other veggies, like zested zucchini or carrots in it. I would saute them with before or with the sausage.
Putting it all together:
Crumble and brown sausage in a saute pan. Drain the fat. Add in tomatoes and simmer. Add a little more than half a pint of heavy whipping cream. I usually add enough that once stirred it looks like an appetizing color. Simmer. At some point between adding the tomatoes and cream, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook your pasta. Voila! You’ve made Cari’s Favorite Pasta!
I like to serve this with some Parmesan cheese. A good side salad and garlic bread round out the whole meal well, too.
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