The school year is over next week which completely blows my mind. It feels like we have a million things to wrap up before then so meals have been quick the last 2 weeks. Simple dishes made of fresh ingredients combined with pantry staples are a good go-to option. Roasted garlic asiago pasta has savory smoked sausage and fresh spinach tossed in a roasted garlic asiago cream sauce. Knowing the kid will be a senior next year has really prompted me to spend as much time with him as possible. I am lucky he likes to hang out with me, better still when we spend time together in the kitchen. Letting go is a little easier knowing he can at least feed himself… He was actually the inspiration for this dish. On the nights I have no motivation for dinner we each grab 2-3 ingredients then I cross my fingers and hope I can make something edible out of it all, reminds me of an episode of Chopped. In this case the kid picked pasta and smoked sausage while I reached for fresh spinach, roasted garlic and asiago cheese. We agreed on a white sauce over red then got to business. I like to think cooking on the fly teaches him flexibility and resourcefulness. He doesn’t always listen to parental advice, like most teenagers he thinks he knows everything, but someday he’ll figure it out. In the meantime I have learned life lessons are easier (and more fun) to deliver when they are wrapped in love and cream sauce! What advice would you give your teenage self? Enjoy~ the new Mrs. B
Roasted Garlic Asiago Pasta
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 14-ounce package smoked sausage cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 medium shallot finely diced
- 5 cloves roasted garlic smashed to a paste
- 1/2 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup half and half
- 1 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese
- 2 cups fresh spinach roughly chopped
- 1 pound fettuccine
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Red pepper flake optional
- Heat a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add oil and smoked sausage, cook 4-5 minutes until browned. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Set aside.
- Reduce heat to medium low. Add shallot and roasted garlic. Cook 2-3 minutes until soft and fragrant. Stir in flour, cook 1 minute.
- Whisk in half and half; cook 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened. Add sausage to sauce. Salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
- Prepare pasta al dente according package directions. Drain pasta and add to sauce. Reserve ½ cup pasta water, add pasta water to dish as needed to reach desired consistency. Garnish with red pepper flake.