Italian Sausage with Bow Ties

This quick and easy recipe will make your family think you worked harder than you will making dinner. The creamy sauce with the sausage is just delicious! If you prefer more sauce with your pasta, as I do, use less than the pound of pasta. I also just add a few pinches of the red pepper flakes instead of a half teaspoon. Enjoy!

Italian Sausage with Bow Ties

1 pkg.(16-oz.) bow tie pasta
1-lb. bulk Italian sausage
1/2 C. chopped onion
1-1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 cans (14 1/2-oz each) Italian stewed tomatoes,
drained and chopped
1-1/2 C. heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dried basil
Shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, cook sausage, onion, garlic and pepper flakes over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, cream, salt and basil. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 6-8 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.

Drain pasta; toss with sausage mixture. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Yields: 5 servings

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