One Pot Meals: Cheesy Sausage & Pasta

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Hood Cream. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

With hockey season in full swing, our weekends and afternoons have been jam-packed. By the time work, school, and activities are done with, I’m ready to sit down and relax, not spend an hour prepping dinner, and cleaning dishes. While I don’t mind spending a lot of time in the kitchen during the summer months, fall and winter are hectic, and I prefer weekday meals that are on the quicker side, but still taste delicious.

When it comes to making dinner, I’ve become a big fan of the one-pot meals. They tend to be quick & easy, perfect for busy school nights, and there’s little mess to clean up, just a few cooking utensils and one pan. For many years I did not have an oven safe skillet and had to use two different types of cookware but now that I have a skillet that is oven safe up to 400 degrees I have been making more and more one pot meals.

Since we have cut back on eating out, and have been making more meals at home, it doesn’t mean that we need to miss out on the restaurant quality meals. Most restaurant meals are made with the same high quality ingredients that can be found in your local grocery store, like Hood Cream. Hood Cream has been a staple in our fridge for many years, not just for coffee but for recipes as well including banana cream pie, and mashed potatoes. Growing up in New England my mother has used Hood Cream for as long I remember, I don’t even think twice and automatically reach for Hood at the grocers.

One Pot Smoked Sausage and Pasta

Inspired by the new Hood Cream E-Cookbook, I made this cheesy sausage pasta this past week for dinner using Hood Half & Half.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg smoked sausage, diagonally cut into 1/4 in slices
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups uncooked pasta
  • 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup Hood Half & Half
  • 1 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 can Ro-Tel
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Directions:

  • Heat oil in large oven safe pan. Add onion & smoked sausage and cook until brown, about 5 minutes
  • Add garlic, and cook for additional 30 seconds.
  • Add vegetable stock, Ro-Tel, Half & Half, uncooked pasta, and salt & pepper (optional)
  • Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes, or until pasta is tender. Turn on broiler.
  • Mix in 1/2 cup of Monterrey Jack cheese
  • Sprinkle with additional half cup of cheese and place under broiler for 3-4 minutes until cheese is melted and browning.

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Cheesy Sausage & Pasta
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg smoked sausage, diagonally cut into ¼ in slices
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups uncooked pasta
  • 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese
  • ½ cup Hood Half & Half
  • 1 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 can Ro-Tel
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in large oven safe pan. Add onion & smoked sausage and cook until brown, about 5 minutes
  2. Add garlic, and cook for additional 30 seconds.
  3. Add vegetable stock, Ro-Tel, Half & Half, uncooked pasta, and salt & pepper (optional)
  4. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes, or until pasta is tender. Turn on broiler.
  5. Mix in ½ cup of Monterrey Jack cheese
  6. Sprinkle with additional half cup of cheese and place under broiler for 3-4 minutes until cheese is melted and browning.

 

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HP Hood has teamed up with Chef Chris Coombs, the chef/owner of Deuxave, dbar and Boston Chops, to launch its first-ever eCookbook, Chef Creations Inspired by Hood Cream.  In the eCookbook, Chef Chris Coombs, the official chef and spokesperson of Hood® Cream, shows consumers how easy it is to create restaurant-quality dishes using Hood® Cream at home. The interactive cookbook is now available to download for free and features more than twenty five recipes made with Hood Cream with a special holiday spread designed for entertaining.

 

 

Comments

  1. This looks like a meal my kiddos would love :)

  2. shelly peterson says:

    This recipe looks really good. love that it’s a one pot recipe!

  3. Wanda Patterson says:

    Thanks for this fast and easy meal. We are always on the go. I look for fast easy to make “tasty” meals.

  4. I haven’t made too many recipes with cream or half and half, I tasted a few dishes like this at a whole foods demo, and they were sooooo good, the cream makes it much better. I must try this.

  5. Regina Wright says:

    Oh how I love one pot dinnners! I had to save this.

  6. Tamra Phelps says:

    I always love a good pasta dish. This also looks pretty easy to put together, so I would definitely try it.

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