Tuesday, February 14, 2006

I wish I could add audio to this

Sausage and Mushroom Pasta
Favorite Brand Name Slow Cooker Casseroles and More Copyright 2002

1 can (10 ¾ ounces) reduced-fat condensed tomato soup I used the regular stuff
¼ cup fat-free(skim) milk
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1 cup sliced mushrooms
½ teaspoon salt (optional) this isn't necessary
1 (7-ounce package) reduced-fat smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/8-inch slices
2 cups cooked bow tie pasta

Combine soup and milk in small bowl, mix well and set aside. Spray large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion, pepper, garlic and Italian seasoning; cook and stir until onion and pepper are tender. Add mushrooms and salt, if desired; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes. Add sausage, mix well. (I added the soup mixture here although they didn't mention it.) Reduce heat; cover and simmer an additional 2 minutes. Add pasta; toss until coated with sauce.

Makes 6 servings.

This was my kid-friendly choice of the week. My son really loved this. I heard so many 'Mmmmmmmmmms' while he was eating this. It was too funny.

I've always liked smoked sausage in a tomato base but I've usually used jarred pasta sauce or tomato sauce in the past, which are also fine but I like the slight creaminess the tomato soup and milk mixture gives this. And I got to use up another can of tomato soup from my stash. The smoked sausage adds so much great flavor to the sauce.

I don't think I've pulled out this cookbook since the crab enchilada casserole disaster (a very close second to the cauliflower, potato and pea curry disaster). But I'm a forgiving person and this really is a great cookbook.

Question of the Day:Do you lose a little bit of faith in a cookbook after a recipe fails?


The Cookbook Junkie said...

I admit that I sometimes lose a bit of confidence in even the best coookbooks, after an 'off' recipe but I usually get over it. I know I can't possibly love every recipe in a cookbook.

Anonymous said...

Gosh, Paula, I wish I could crawl in my monitor and snarf up that sausage/pasta dish (and it's only 8:30 a.m. right now!) Yummmmm.
I don't think I lose confidence in an entire cookbook because of a bad recipe but I know I definitely have "favorite" cookbooks that I turn to more often than others.

Heather said...

Ok the question I have is this is from a slow cooker cookbook, but you didn't use the slow cooker??? I am confused??
I have been trying to use my slow cooker more. I am not finding a lot of success... check out my site later today.
However, this does look delicious! A definite try at my house.
I have never lost confidence in a cookbook.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

The name of this cookbook is confusing because there are no commas but it actually contains slow cooker recipes, casserole recipes, and 'more' (stove top recipes).

H0kie Erin said...

I made this for dinner tonight Paula and you are right. It does cause a "mmmm" sound to come out of your mouth. lol

It smelled so good when I was cooking it, until I added the Italian seasoning. I think I am developing a dislike for oregano, so next time I may try it without the Italian seasoning.

It was wonderful though! Hokie Hubby even liked it (we were shocked too). I made his sans mushrooms though as he doesn't like them. Yum, yum, yum!