You will need:
1 medium onion
3 links hot Italian Sausage (12 oz)
2 garlic cloves, pressed
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
3 ½ cups uncooked penne or mezze penne pasta
3 ½ cups water
1 jar (26 oz) spaghetti or marinara sauce
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup (4 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (1/4 cup)
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley
Dice onion and bell pepper using Chef’s Knife. Remove casings from sausage. Cut in half lengthwise, then cut crosswise into ½ inch nuggets. Place sausage into 12 inch Stainless Skillet. Cook over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.
Add onion and bell pepper to Skillet; cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add pressed garlic and pepper flakes; cook 10-20 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in pasta, water, sauce, salt and black pepper. Bring to a simmer; cover and cook 14-16 minutes until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
Remove Skillet from heat. Sitr in cream cheese until incorporated. Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Cover and let stand 2-3 minutes or until cheeses are melted. Garnish with chopped parsley.
Yield: 6 servings