Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta, Broccoli, Cauliflower

This Roasted Red Pepper pasta recipe was created by Creative Stirrings. It has become one of our family favorites! While you're checking out this lovely blog, may I suggest the Easter Table Setting Post? It is absolutely fantastic!

Here is the original recipe post. I have scaled the recipe down to 4 servings.

1/2 lb Italian sausage
1 (12 oz) jars Fire Roasted Red Peppers, chopped and reserve juice
1 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes, reserve juice
1 T dried basil
1 1/2 t garlic minced
1/2 t salt
dash cayenne pepper and black pepper
3/4 c fresh basil leaves, chopped (I may skip this depending on the price)
1/2 pkg cream cheese (4 oz), softened and cubed
12 oz rotini pasta, cooked

In a large frying pan, cook and crumble Italian sausage. Stir in red peppers (including juice), tomatoes (including juice), dried basil, garlic, salt, pepper. Add basil leaves and cream cheese; stir until cream cheese is melted. Serve over hot pasta.

Steam broccoli and cauliflower (broccoli on top) until tender. Season with salt and pepper.

*I usually buy Italian sausage that has been packaged by the store's meat department. I've found it's always very affordable at Macey's. This week, however, there was a great sale on commercially-packaged sausage; the only problem was that the particular brand did not come in Italian flavor. I did not try it, but I realized that you could easily substitute regular sausage and add Italian seasoning to taste if regular sausage is what you have on hand.

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