Girl’s Lunch Pasta (with sausage)

Three girlfriends and I used to meet once a week for lunch at an Italian restaurant here in Atlanta. We all ordered pasta that was their signature dish. It had a ton of sausage and yummy cheese.

The restaurant closed a few years ago, but as I fooled around with different ingredients…I found a recipe that is very close to the original. I thought I would share with all of you! It is super simple and trust me, it is delicious…

The ingredients:

I forgot to photograph olive oil and salt...I'm still a beginner you know!

You just boil your water for the pasta…Penne is what makes me feel happy, but any pasta will do. Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt to the water before adding the pasta…this is your only chance to flavor your pasta.

While your pasta is cooking (about 10 minutes for al dente), remove the casing from your sausage. I like hot Italian sausage, but if you are afraid of the heat you could always use a mild sausage. Either way, removing the casing allows you to crumble up the sausage for the dish. Here’s how ya do it (sorry, it requires getting your hands dirty)…

Then chop 1 teaspoon of each white onion, purple onion and garlic. I like it about this size

In a 2nd, large pot, heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat.

Saute the onions for 2 minutes, add garlic for 1 minute.

Then drop in crumbled sausage and brown. (I told you this was easy).

Now pour in 1/2 the jar of prepared Vodka Sauce and 1/2 Cup of Parmesan Cheese.

Add 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional) and dash of pepper.

Stir to combine and melt cheese.

*Note – Don’t add salt to the sauce, the cheese is already pretty salty.

Drain the pasta, then dump the pasta into the sauce, stirring to combine.

Let the dish rest for 2-3 minutes so flavors meld. Then serve it up!

You’ll love me forever for this simple and delicious meal! This makes 2 very big portions and is great the next day.

It’s easy to add ingredients as well..spinach is great and I use that often, steamed broccoli is good, toasted fennel seeds are yummy, or zucchini – seriously, the list is endless!


Girl’s Lunch Pasta (with sausage)

4 Qt Water

Pinch Salt

1/2 lb Dry Penne Pasta

1 Tbs Olive Oil

1 Hot Italian Sausage Link – casing removed and meat crumbled

1 tsp White Onion – minced

1 tsp Purple Onion – minced

1 tsp (approx 1 clove) Garlic – minced

1/2 Jar Prepared Vodka Sauce

1/2 C Parmesan Cheese

1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

Dash Pepper

Boil pasta according to package, remember to salt your water prior to adding pasta.

Meanwhile in a separate pot heat olive oil on medium setting.

Saute both white and purples onions 2 minutes.

Add garlic, saute for 1 minute.

Brown sausage.

Add 1/2  jar of prepared Vodka Sauce and 1/2 Cup of Parmesan Cheese.

Add 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional) and dash of pepper.

Stir to combine and melt cheese.

Add drained pasta to sauce, stirring to combine.

Allow dish to rest for 2-3 minutes so flavors meld.

Makes 2 healthy portions.


This entry was published on May 6, 2010 at 7:08 pm and is filed under In the Kitchen, Squawkings. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “Girl’s Lunch Pasta (with sausage)

  1. Mary, and on said:

    Mmm, that sounds delicious! I think I have some spicy sausage in the freezer, and I am pretty sure I have the skills to make this one!!! Yummers! Oh, and I would like to know where you ate this in Atlanta… Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mary on said:

    Made this Girls’ Lunch Pasta for a Girls’ Dinner Pasta! It was a hit, and was delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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