One Pot Sausage and Cream Cheese Pasta



  How’s your week been going? Mine’s been SUPER busy. That’s why I needed a quick and easy weeknight dinner recipe. Something that comes together fast with ingredients I have on hand and has minimal cleanup. That is where this recipe was born. It is a one pot recipe that only uses 3 main ingredients and you can dress it up with whatever you happen to have on hand at the time.

I had hardly anything- must be time to hit the grocery store, but after last week’s use up the leftovers meal plan, I’m trying to continue to use up what I have left in the freezer and pantry so that it doesn’t spoil. I think I have at least another week left if not more of frozen meats and potatoes or pasta to go with them. It will be nice to save the $75 for this week’s grocery budget!

Ingredients:

Sausage (or hot dogs, ham, chicken- whatever you have that you want to use up!)
1 Block Cream Cheese
1 Bag of Pasta
2-4 cloves roasted garlic
1-2 tbsp butter
approximately 4 cups water or chicken stock to cover pasta
Salt, pepper and seasonings to taste
Optional additions:
Veggies of choice
Cheddar Cheese
Fried Onions/Potato Chips/Bread Crumbs

Directions:

Utilize and oven-ready dish (like a dutch oven or cast-iron pan) to brown your sausage (or other protein)

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Once the meat begins to brown, add the butter and minced garlic and cook 1 minute more (be careful not to burn the garlic- it is easy to burn when it’s already roasted)

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Add Pasta and enough stock or water if you don’t have stock on hand to cover the pasta, about 4 cups

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Allow pasta to come to a boil, then reduce to a simmer- covering for 5 minutes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Stir and uncover, allow to simmer until pasta is very al dente and water is reduced

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Stir in cream cheese and allow to come together. The dish will still be a bit runny.
If using add-ins, stir in now and taste to make sure your dish is seasoned
Top with any desired toppings (I used a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and fried onions)

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Leave uncovered and put into oven for about 10-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly

Enjoy!

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4 comments

  1. Jessica Ballard says:

    I love one pot meals for clean up and it makes my life more enjoyable. This looks really yummy. I shared it on my facebook page as well. Thanks for linking it up to #smallvictoriessundaylinkup

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