11 May 2016

Spicy Smoked Sausage Alfredo

The beginning of the year I made it a goal that I wanted to cook more at home. Growing up I could of cared less about learning how to cook. My papa was ALWAYS cooking and he was an amazing cook and my mom was a pretty good cook too. 
My papa made everything from scratch. I remember he used to have this huge garden and he would freeze and can everything to use throughout the rest of the year.  Looking back I think to myself, I could of learned a lot from him in the kitchen. He doesn't cook very often anymore because of his health. But I wanted to start cooking like that. I wanted to be the wife and mom that cooks everything (well... most everything) from scratch. I didn't want to be buying "boxed" dinners anymore. Plus, I knew we needed to quit the "boxed" meals, not eat out as much and learn about new recipes for health reasons. 

Well the other night I put my cooking and follow direction skills to the test! I whipped up a recipe we've tried once before and its a family hit. I tried to made its a little healthier but let's face it, anything made with half and half just isn't that healthy. Most nights I try and cook a nice healthy meal but sometimes we have a non-healthy, non-boxed meal. And this is one of them.

Really where this recipe came from was my mom. She shared it with me one afternoon I was trying to think of something for dinner. I knew there was no way I could make an Alfredo sauce from scratch. I've messed up the butter-flour mixture one, too many times to count. I told the hubs I wanted to give this try. I googled and read about the prefect way to cook a roux. Well, guys it worked! I was so excited, my homemade, non-jarred, all made from scratch Alfredo sauce turned out just tasty! Also, I need to mention this recipe really takes no time at all! 



Ingredients 
16 oz pasta of choice, I used brown rice noodles
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour 
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 cup chicken broth, low sodium
1 1/2 cups half and half 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 Parmesan cheese 
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon freash parsely
12 oz fully cooked turkey sausage 

Directions
  1. Cook pasta according to package. 
  2. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat, add garlic, cook until fragrant 1-2 minutes. 
  3. Whisk in flour, keep whisking until it turns golden brown and no longer smells like flour. 
  4. Whisk in chicken broth until smooth then whisk half and half. 
  5. Add salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. 
  6. Simmer until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. 
  7. Stir in Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese until melted and smooth. 
  8. Slice sausage in 1/4 inch slices. 
  9. Add sausage, cooked paste and parsley to sauce and mix well. 
  10. Enjoy! 
 
Original recipe from Let's Dish

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