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Friday, September 20, 2013

Sausage Alfredo Pasta Bake

Sausage Alfredo Pasta Bake
This recipe is adapted from another recipe featured on this blog, Pasta Bake, that uses marinara sauce. My husband LOVES the homemade Alfredo sauce that I make so I decided to try altering the Pasta Bake recipe to include the Alfredo sauce instead of the Marinara. 

2 lbs pasta
Alfredo Sauce (See recipe below)
2 Lbs. Sausage (I used Italian Sausage that I had to cut out of the casings)
1/2 cup diced onion (yellow or white will do)
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Tin Foil
At LEAST a 9x12 baking dish, I recommend glass

Alfredo Sauce Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
4 ounces of cream cheese
4 cups heavy cream
4 tsp minced garlic ( I add a little more because we LOVE garlic)
4 tsp garlic powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 tsp Oregano
1 1/2 cups Parmesan Cheese

* The Alfredo Sauce may be a little thin BUT THIS IS GOOD! We need the excess moisture to cook the pasta! If  you were not using the sauce in a back I would say to add 2 tablespoons of AP Flour until thickened. *

Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the onions in a large skillet to being carmelizing.
Step 2: Meanwhile, IN a large saucepan begin melting 2 sticks of butter over medium heat and begin taking the sausage out of their casings. Also, begin boiling a large pot of water.
Step 3: Place the de-cased sausage into the pan with the onions and start breaking it up into preferred sizes (at least bitsized).
Step 4: Add minced garlic to Alfredo sauce and cook for 1 minute before adding the cream cheese.
Step 5: Once the cream cheese is melted, slowly whisk in the heavy cream to the sauce. Do this slowly or you'll get chunks and/or curdling. Add the garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper and Parmesan Cheese.
Step 6: Place the pasta in the boiling water and cook 2 minutes shy of the recommended cooking time. Also, ensure that the sausage is cooked through and that the alfredo sauce is completed.
Step 7: Rinse the pasta and pour into the baking dish. Stir in the sausage and cover with the Alfredo Sauce and stir.
Once everything is well mixed togeter place the baking dish in the 350 degree oven for 45 minutes covered in tin foil.
Step 8: Remove the baking dish, remove the tin foil (but don't throw away) and cover the top of the dish with your desired amount of Mozzarella Cheese. Recover with the tin foil and cook for another 10 minutes. Let cool approximately 5-10 minutes before serving.

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