Cajun Sausage Pasta

Happy Mardi Gras, food blog friends!  Today being Mardi Gras and all, I thought I’d make the fam a Mardi Gras dinner tonight.  This is a Taste of Home recipe that I found on their website after googling “Mardi Gras dinners”.  It was really good, Bob and Zach in particular really liked it but Courtney wouldn’t even try it, even after I promised that it wasn’t spicey (she said she doesn’t like sausage).

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced (I pressed them with my garlic press)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth

2 cups dry white wine or additional reduced sodium chicken broth (I used all chicken broth)

1 (14 1/2 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (6 oz) can tomato paste

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I left this out)

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 pound turkey Italian sausage links, sliced (I used 1 of those Jennie O turkey sausages that are fully cooked and looks like a horseshoe in the package)

1 green pepper, julienned

1 sweet red pepper, julienned

5 cups hot cooked penne pasta

1  In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender.  Add broth and wine.  Bring to a boil and cook, uncovered, until liquid is reduced to 1 cup.  (This takes awhile so be patient.)  Reduce heat.  Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, cumin, cayenne and pepper.  Cover and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.

2  Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet, cook sausage and peppers over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink and peppers are tender then drain.  Stir in tomato mixture.  Serve over pasta.  (Since the sausage I bought was already fully cooked, I just added the sausage and peppers along with the tomatoes, etc and let them all finish cooking together.)

The recipe notes that for a variation, you can substitute chicken for the sausage.

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