I, and I think I can safely say we, are suckers for a spicy pasta. There is something uber comforting about a big bowl of spicy pasta. Add in some charred vegetables and we are completely sold.
This recipe fits the bill completely. I used smoked chicken sausage which made it come together in a matter of minutes. Honestly the entire recipe took about as long as boiling the water and cooking the pasta. I can seriously back a recipe that promises that.
Musical selection: Fly Over States by: Jason Aldean. Is anyone else as obsessed with this song as I am?
Pop the broccoli in the pan and cook for a few minutes but just a few, no one likes soggy broccoli.
Remove the sausage and veggies from the pan and set aside. Doesn't it look pretty?
Deglaze the pan by pouring a bit of chicken stock in, stir and try to scrape up the charred bits.
3/4 lb rigatoni (or pasta of your choice) cooked
drizzle of canola oil
1/2 yellow pepper, sliced in thin strips
1/2 red pepper, sliced in thin strips
1/2 medium onion, sliced in thin strips
1 1/2 cups smoked sausage (I used chicken sausage), cut in thin bite-sized pieces
1 cup fresh broccoli
2 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
1 block (8oz) cream cheese
2 tablespoons (or more depending on your level of spice) cajun seasoning
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
While cooking the pasta (according to the directions), heat a skillet with canola oil on medium high heat. Once the skillet is heated, add the peppers and onions and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the sausage and cook until everything begins to char. Add the broccoli and cook for about a minute. Remove the sausage and veggies from the pan and set aside.
Pour the chicken stock into the pan and scrape the bottom. Add the cream cheese block and stir until combined. Add the cajun seasoning to your taste along with the salt and pepper.
Toss the pasta, veggies and sausage into the sauce. Pour into a 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Top with cheddar and parmesan cheese, sprinkle with additional cajun seasoning if you wish. Put this into a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Top with additional parmesan cheese and enjoy!
Recipe by: Mrs. Schwartz