I’m a huge fan of smoked sausage. It’s so easy to cook on a busy weeknight, because technically, it’s already cooked. I love throwing the links on the grill or sautéing them up in a pan with peppers and onions.
I’m picky about my smoked sausage though. I always buy Hillshire Farm. I’ve tried other brands when I had a coupon, but they’re just not the same. The Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausages are meaty with perfect texture. I’ve found the other brands to be greasier with a mushy feel.
When Hillshire Farm asked me to create a new recipe for them, I was brought back to my childhood, when my mom used to add smoked sausage to her famous spaghetti sauce. It was so good; we were always going back for seconds…although I think dad always managed to get the most sausage.
Thinking of mom, I kept with the pasta tradition for this recipe, but decided to include a little French inspiration to my dish. When living in Belgium, I discovered lardon, which is basically cubed bacon. The edges crisp up beautifully, and the little nuggets nestle into every bite.
By dicing the sausage link, I created my own version of lardon – a smoked sausage lardon. I crisped the cubes up in a skillet and then married them with fresh vegetables, parmesan cheese, a little butter and freshly cooked pasta.
Dinner was ready in about 30 minutes, and it was so much better than traditional chicken fettuccine alfredo. In keeping with tradition, we all went back for seconds.
- 8 ozs. fettuccine noodles
- 1 package Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage (any variety), diced
- 1 cup crimini mushrooms, chopped
- 1/3 cup sweet yellow onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
Cook the fettuccine noodles in salted boiling water. Drain when al dente.
Brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, about 20 minutes.
Add the mushrooms, onions and garlic and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the butter, milk and Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
Add the cooked fettuccine noodles into the pan. Toss until coated.
Divide into portions and garnish with Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs.
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