On a Friday night I never want to spend a lot of time in kitchen cooking dinner. I want something fast, inexpensive, and delicious. Today on my way home from work I was inspired to cook something comforting. This is what I came up with.
Pesto Alfredo Pasta
1 small carton of fresh alfredo sauce
1 small jar of pesto
1 lb of pasta (any is fine, I used Rigatoni)
2 red peppers diced
1 medium onion diced
2 italian sausages (raw, taken out of casing)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
How to make it:
Start by putting sausage, peppers, and onions in a pan and cooking on med-high until the sausage is cooked through. **Note that the sausage will stick together if you don’t mix it well throughout the cooking process. Once everything is cooked drain, as sausage can be quite fatty. Add in the alfredo sauce and pesto to the pan. Mix well together and simmer on low. While the sauce is simmering par-cook the pasta. You want the pasta to be still chewy because it will be baked. Once the pasta is par-cooked put the pasta in an oven safe dish and mix with the sauce. Top with parmesan cheese and broil until the cheese browns.
Substitutions and Notes:
1. Pesto can be very strongly flavoured. Take a whiff of the pesto. If it smells like it will be too rich, add less. The idea of the pesto is to spruce up typical alfredo
2. Alfredo sauce can be substituted with any store bought sauce. Ideally homemade sauce tastes better, and is healthier, but this is a Friday night meal, not a Monday night meal.
3. If sausage isn’t your thing diced chicken works well. When I mix chicken in my pasta I like to cook it separatly from the veggies just to make sure its food safe.
4. If sausage is your thing, try different kinds, but make sure the seasonings in the sausage don’t counteract with the sauce and pasta. For example, lamb and fennel sausages might not pair well.