Recipe of the Week:
Creamy Red Shells
If you crave the taste of Italy on a dime and have no time, these
decadent Creamy Red Shells are the getaway you’ve been waiting for! Take the tasty pilgrimage to the Italian countryside
with this luscious, savory sausage that engulfs a mouth-changing charge of red-pepper-sauce-smothered pasta. It will truly
have your mind (and your tummy) roaming with glee. Enjoy the voyage away from the ordinary with these Creamy Red Shells. Your
budget and your family will adore you for it! Prego!
8 ounces medium pasta shells
jar roasted red bell peppers, drained
3/4 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon olive oil
12 ounces mild Italian sausage,
1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 (8-ounce) can
1/2 cup heavy cream
kosher salt, to taste
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
1/2 cup parmesan, freshly grated
3 tablespoons fresh
basil leaves, chopped
Step 1 -In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta to al dente according to the package directions.
Step 2 -Drain the water from the pasta and return it to the pot.
Step 3 -In a
blender, add the red bell peppers and the chicken stock and blend until it is smooth.
Step 4 -In
a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil.
Step 5 -Add the sausage and the onion
to the oil and cook, while crumbling the meat, until the sausage is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes.
6 -Drain the excess grease from the skillet.
Step 7 -Return the sausage mixture to the stovetop
over medium-high heat, stir in the garlic and the Italian seasoning and cook until the spices are fragrant, about 1 minute.
Step 8 -Whisk the flour into the sausage mixture until it has lightly browned, about 1 minute.
Step 9 -Gradually whisk the red bell pepper mixture and the tomato sauce into the sausage mixture
Step 10 -Bring the sausage mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until it
reduces and slightly thickens, about 6-8 minutes.
Step 11 -Stir the cooked pasta and the heavy
cream into the sausage mixture and cook until it is heated through, about 1-2 minutes.
-Season the pasta mixture with the kosher salt and the black pepper.
Step 13 -Stir the parmesan
cheese into the pasta mixture and cook until it has melted, about 2 minutes.
Step 14 -Stir the
basil into the pasta mixture.
Step 15 -Transfer the pasta mixture from the stovetop and serve immediately.