Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pasta Shells in a Sausage Cream Sauce

This recipe comes from the Country Comfort Cookbook Series, co-published by a journalism colleague of mine, Monica Musetti-Carlin, through Hatherleigh Press. This dish, added by her co-author Mary Elizabeth Roarke, can be found on page 114 of the Slow-Cooker Favorites edition. The book series is not just about recipes, but also includes anecdotes about the meals by contributors that give them more meaning. My "Mad Good" Chili recipe is on page 87 of the Slow-Cooker edition. Look on the sidebar of my blog for a link to the book.

Pasta Shells in a Sausage Cream Sauce is an easy meal to make during a busy week. Put the sauce and meat in a crock pot early in the morning and then all you have to do at dinner time is boil pasta. I altered this recipe, adding a jar of sauce.


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
11/2 pounds sweet Italian sausages, removed from their casings- (I just use the frozen sausage roll)
2 (28 ounce) cans peeled tomatoes in thick puree or juice
1 jar of your favorite Marinara sauce
1 cup of heavy cream
1 lb of cooked pasta shells


Place olive oil in skillet and saute the onion and parsley until the onion is translucent (about 10 minutes). Pour into a slow-cooker, and add the sausages and tomatoes. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Once cooked, cut the tomatoes and sausage until you achieve bite-sized pieces. Stir in the heavy cream just before serving. Pour sauce over pasta and serve.

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