Friday, July 16, 2010

Grown-up Hamburger Helper

All summer I have been bragging about California's beautiful weather, and I have been thankful to not be in the scorching Texas heat. Well now I can say I wish I was in Texas.... We have gotten our first heat wave. When I tell you that the mid 90s are a killer, you Texans will laugh, but hold up...there is no air conditioning in my apartment!!!! Ok, well there is a unit in our bedroom so I have relief at night, but other than that I feel like I am smoldering. I guess I will live through it, I am hot and sticky and my dishes will be served with a side of sweat for a while, yuck!
PS: There were no McDreamy or McSteamy sightings yesterday. By the time I got home from work at 1 they were already picking up the equipment...sad! I will try to let you know if I see my apartments on an episode next season.

This dish was not made with Hamburger Helper, but when I was eating it I was reminded of eating it as a child. It is a more sophisticated version of a childhood favorite! And it is so quick and easy, it will definitely become a staple on my weekly menu!

Grown-up Hamburger Helper
1/2 pound pasta: bow tie or shells
1/2 package Italian Turkey Sausage (2 1/2 links)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1 Tb olive oil
just under 1/2 cup white wine
just under 1/2 cup of heavy cream
1 1/2 Tb dijon mustard
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (less for less spicy)

Tomatoes were not in the original recipe, but after I tasted it, the pasta was screaming TOMATOES! They completed the dish!

Remove the sausage from the castings and cook in 1 Tb of olive oil.


Boil pasta until al dente.
After sausage cooks for about 5 mins, pour in wine and cook until reduced by 1/2.


Chop basil.
Slice grape tomatoes lengthwise.


Add cream, mustard and red pepper flakes to sausage and stir.



Stir basil and tomatoes into pasta and cook for 1 minute before removing from heat.

Drain pasta and stir into sausage.
Serve with parmesan shavings. This was sooo good I couldn't wait to eat the leftovers for lunch the next day.





1 comment:

The Lewis' said...

This dish was amazing! Can't wait to make it again! I had a very happy hubby on my hands! ;)