Creamy Sausage Mushroom Pasta
Pasta is what is for dinner!
My family loves pasta. What could be better than homemade chicken stock, heavy cream and delicious Circle B Ranch Hot Italian Sausage? This recipe is easy, quick and perfect for a long weekend.
16 ounces Rotini (I like Barilla)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
4 links Circle B Ranch Hot or Sweet Italian Sausage
1 medium yellow onion or 2 medium shallots, sliced
2 medium cloves of garlic, minced
4 cups of cremini or shitake mushrooms, sliced
¼ cup white wine (see notes below recipe)
½ cup chicken stock, either homemade or low sodium
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
Optional garnish: fresh Italian parsley, chopped
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, approximately 10 minutes. Drain, rinse briefly, and transfer to a large bowl.
While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven or heavy bottom saucepan. Add sausage and brown on both sides. Do in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan. Remove the sausage from the pan and set aside.
Turn the heat down to medium-low. If the bottom of the pan seems dry, add an additional ½- 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onions along with a pinch of salt and cook for several minutes until they are soft, stirring periodically, then add the garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. If at any point the bottom of the pans begins looking like it’s going to burn, add 1-2 tablespoons of water and scrape the brown bits back into the onions and garlic (note: brown bits are good; black bits are bad). After the garlic has cooked, add the mushrooms and cook until they are caramelized and have slightly reduced down in size, 3-5 minutes.
Add the white wine to the pot and use a spatula to scrape up any brown bits and incorporate them back into the vegetables. Once the liquid from the wine has reduced almost completely, add the chicken stock. Turn the heat up to medium, and allow the liquid to reduce down by about half.
Add the mushroom mixture along with the liquid from the pan to the pasta bowl, along with 1 tablespoon of cream. Toss everything together until evenly combined, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Toss in the additional tablespoon of cream if desired.
Serve pasta topped with a healthy sprinkling of chopped parsley.
White wine is an excellent choice for this recipe, especially if you plan to serve white wine with the meal. You may choose to use another wine, but don’t use anything too sweet; something with a mild fruity aftertaste is ok. A dry chardonnay is also a safe choice.