One-Pot Cheesy Sausage Pasta

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I am such a fan of this totally easy dish. This is the kind of thing you could “whip up” if your family arrived in town two hours early and were starving for dinner. Or perhaps some friends came to pick up their kiddo from a playdate and three glasses of wine later you find everyone is famished. Or perhaps your son’s soccer team comes over to practice in your backyard and three hours of Minecraft later announce they haven’t eaten in “like three YEARS”.

This is what you make, friends.

Full of flavor, this creamy, cheesy one-pot meal might be your new best friend. We used turkey sausage to keep it healthier and it still tastes amazing. Recipe credit to Kevin and Amanda for this one — I just altered it slightly for our tastes (less onion, subbed turkey sausage, added the juice from the tomatoes).

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One-Pan Cheesy Sausage Penne

1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage, sliced (we use smoked turkey sausage)
1 1/4 cups diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes, do not drain
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 oz penne pasta
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions

Add olive oil to an oven-safe skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Add sausage and onions and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add broth, tomatoes (including liquid), cream, pasta, salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, cover skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender and most liquid absorbed, about 15 minutes.

Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining cheese and broil in oven until cheese is melted, spotty brown, and bubbly. Sprinkle with scallions

Makes 4-6 servings.

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