Nine More Months: Creamy Sausage and Mushroom Pasta with Peas

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Creamy Sausage and Mushroom Pasta with Peas

It's no secret that I love pasta dishes. From the traditional favorites to the modern trendy twists, I'll eat it all. Pasta is also a really affordable pantry staple, and a great way to fill up our bellies. It's versatile enough that I can make it in so many different ways that my family will never get tired of it.

Instead of the traditional red sauce, I can go the creamy route. With browned sausage...

And I can totally sneak in some peas and mushrooms. Even though they not hidden, having them in a pasta dish makes my kids more likely to gobble them up. That makes me feel like I'm doing something right.

We're not afraid of fatty food in this house. Calories schmalories. When it's real food ingredients, everything is okay in moderation.

This is my basic cream sauce recipe that I have added meat and veggies to. It's kind of my secret formula. I add more cheese or different cheese and other different ingredients to make a specific dish. It's super easy to throw together and I almost always have everything I need.

Creamy Sausage and Mushroom Pasta with Peas
1 lb package of ground italian sauage
1 package white or baby bella, or crimini mushrooms, sliced
2 cups fresh or frozen peas\
1 lb package of thin spaghetti (or pasta of your choice)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter
2 cups heavy cream or whole milk
salt and pepper to taste
Bring a pot of water to a boil, adding your pasta and cook until desired texture. In the meantime, brown the Italian sausage in a large pan until cooked all the way through. Drain off excess fat, reserving about a Tablespoon in the pan with the sausage. Add your mushrooms, and peas, cooking until the mushrooms are soft and peas are heated through. Set aside. In a medium-sized sauce pan, melt butter and then add flour, stirring constantly until it turns a light caramel color. Add cream, a 1/2 cup at a time, stirring and letting it heat up and thicken in between. Add 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese to the cream sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Combine sauce with the sausage pea and mushroom mixture and then serve over warm pasta. Top with more Parmesan if desired and enjoy!


Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

I'm a BIG sucker for a creamy pasta dish and this, my friend, is right up my alley!

I definitely have to agree with you, too; who cares about calories? As long as it's organic, healthy, REAL ingredients, I think everything is fine in moderation :)

Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

ginabad said...

Ok, sausage, mushrooms and cream, it's like my dream dish! Looks yummy, must pin it :)
Gina B

Greta @gfunkified said...

YUM. Pinning!

junebug said...

I am so making this tonight!

Meredith said...

I know what we are having for dinner tonight! Yummm!!