toss it in. [rotini pasta w. tomato cream sauce & chicken apple sausage]

December 8th, 2011 by | comments

The other night, I realized that my pantry was overflowing with unopened cans and bags of beans, boxes of pasta, crackers, etc. It was clearly a sign that I needed to make use of some of these ingredients. Pasta is always a quick-fix meal, so I created this simple, yet flavorful, pasta dish with ingredients I’d seemingly forgotten about.

Though this recipe isn’t anything groundbreaking, it was a delicious and hearty meal after a long day at work. Granted, I probably ate a much larger bowl than those photographed above, but I’ll let you think I have portion control. :)


2 tbsp. unsalted butter

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, plus more, as needed

5 Roma tomatoes, diced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 sweet onion, finely diced

Salt and pepper, to taste

6 oz. (1/2 box) Rotini pasta

3-4 Fresh & Easy chicken and apple sausage, sliced diagonally


Warm a medium skillet over medium heat then add butter. Once butter is melted, add cream, garlic, onion and tomatoes. Let mixture simmer until tomatoes are tender and flavors meld, about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil then add pasta and a dash of salt. Cook pasta until slightly aldente, about 10 minutes. Drain, then return pasta to the pot.

In a small skillet, brown sausage slices, about 5 minutes, then add to tomato cream sauce. Simmer mixture for another 5 minutes, then add sauce to the pot of dry pasta and stir. Serve hot.

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  • Well aren’t we girls with pasta on the brain? I LOVE chicken apple sausage!

  • Pasta is such a great weeknight meal! This looks wonderful.

  • Amy

    Making pasta with chicken sausage is so easy and delicious! This looks yummy :)

  • i love the mini bowls!

  • egg me on

    I love, love, love chicken apple sausage and this is a great way to clean out the pantry!

  • I love adding cream to tomato sauce. I’ll add it to my Italian sauce for a change every now and then, I like the creamy feel it gives to a dish. Pasta is always welcome home comfort food!!

  • Whipping cream? That’s how I know you are still young Caroline…that you can get away with that…hips and waist and all. Looks so yummy. I’ll trade you a bowl of that for a slice of my cake? We’ll meet somewhere in between our houses. Should be a hop, skip and a jump away.

  • I gotta learn to cook like this.

  • This is my kind of pasta dish, Caroline. Take a look in the fridge, the pantry, maybe even the freezer. Depending on what you find and the cooking time for it, you could be eating a comforting bowl of pasta within a half hour. Now that’s fast food!

  • I worry about my ability to portion control if I made this! Between the whipping cream and the sausage I’d be eating it out of the pot! Dangerous…

  • Want. Some. Now. This looks gorgeous, not least of all because I’m realizing it’s 4:17 and all I’ve eaten today is a piece of candy. Can you say, Preoccupied? Apparently it’s your task to wake me up! Mission accomplished, my dear. I can smell the savory goodness from over here. :)

  • Hooray for cleaning out cupboards. I need to do some serious cleaning out after Christmas… I have cans and packs coming out of my ears (but at least I could live for weeks on stocks in case of a zombie invasion!). Will definitely be making plenty of yummy stuff like this :)

  • Pasta & sausages? Sign me up! :D

  • Ooh…you had me at tomato cream sauce. It looks delicious!

  • Delicious! I am looking at the same stockpile in my pantry…

  • I’m so glad you said that…here I was thinking, “Gosh she’s so good. I would have easily put away three or more of those bowls.” LOL! This looks like a fantastic way to use up things lying around the pantry. Yum!

  • Not sure why I don’t cook pasta more often – you are so right that it is a hearty and quick meal. Your creation here looks scrumptious.
    :-) Mandy

  • Oh my goodness girl.. this rotini pasta with tomato cream sauce & chicken apple sausage looks phenomenal. I mean.. I am so hungry right now after seeing this. Can’t wait to make it

  • I am speed reading (busy at work) and read : chicken apple sauce! I have lost my marbles! This recipe sounds yum :)

  • A perfect pasta dish for the season! Really droolworthy.



  • I’m not a “Pasta Guy”, but this rocks – as usual!
    Fun title, too!

  • Looks quite yummy – a fun casual dinner for friends!

  • I love cooking with chicken sausage and what a fun and inviting dinner this is! I wish I had some- hint hint:)

  • mmmm I love chicken sausage. It’s just such a great treat in pasta dishes or as a side with sauteed veggies. Great idea to put them with the creamy tomato sauce :)

  • Looks so tasty! (And I’d probably eat 3 or 4 of those little bowls myself.).

  • Yum! I have no self-control with pasta…. I could eat a pound of it! Seriously.

  • My kids love pasta and we eat it once a week! I love the chicken apple sausages and this does look yummy!

  • Absolute comfort food.. and I agree.. my idea of portion control is to eat one of those… and then refill it and pretend I didn’t:) This is such a heart warming combination of flavors!

  • Perfect comfort food and fast too! Don’t you just love it when it comes together so beautifully last minute! :)

  • This pasta dish looks fabulous! I love that you used chicken sausage – it’s my favorite!

  • Totally comforting and tasty!

  • I love a quick pasta dish. Yummy.

  • Portion control is highly overrated. Looks delicious.

  • I love tomato based sauces with a touch of cream Caroline, so this recipe has got me all excited! Chicken and apple sausage? How wonderful sounding – will have to keep an eye out for it.

  • tomato cream sauce is for sure my #1 all time fav :) this looks fantastic!