Voodoo Pasta and "Biscuit" Rolls
We all really, really liked liked this, and I will definitely make it again! The kids had lots of fun with the name of this dish, too!
Because we are still paying the price for all those delicious fried veggies we ate this summer, I took a few steps to make this meal a bit more healthful. To save a few fat grams, I used a package of Butterball Turkey Smoked Sausage and nixed the butter in the sauce. I cut the Parmesan cheese to 1/3 cup. We all thought my lighter version was still very good! I think adding a few shrimp right at the end of sauteing the sausage would make for a good variation of this dish!
I had several cans of biscuits in the fridge, so I made "Biscuit" Rolls instead of the garlic bread. To save a few fat grams and calories, I sprayed the tops of the biscuits with Parkay fat-free buttery spray and sprinkled on a tough of garlic powder. They were still good.
Of course, both the pasta and rolls would be better with butter, but I didn't have to tell y'all that, did I?
Thursday - Voodoo Pasta and "Biscuit" Rolls
Inspired by a recipe I found at:
12 ounces fettuccine pasta
1 lb smoked sausage, sliced on the diagonal
1 green pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, more if you want it spicier
2 cups milk (I used fat-free half-and-half.)
¾ cup Parmesan cheese, divided
Put water for pasta on to boil.
While water is reaching a boil, sauté sausage, green pepper and onion in a large non-stick skillet until lightly browned. Reduce heat to simmer and keep sausage mixture warm, stirring occasionally.
Once water reaches a full boil, add fettuccine noodles, cooking as directed on package.
While pasta is cooking, make sauce.
Melt butter in sauce pan. Stir in flour and Cajun seasoning. Slowly add milk. Stirring constantly until sauce is thickened. Add ½ cup of Parmesan cheese. Stir long enough to melt cheese.
Drain pasta. Return to pasta pot. Pour sauce over noodles, stirring to coat well.
Plate pasta. Top with sausage mixture. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
I buy the cheap, store-brand butter-flavored canned biscuits. Depending on the size of your family, you can use the 5-count or 10-count rolls of biscuits.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter; add a bit of minced garlic or garlic powder.
Spray muffin pan with cooking spray. Place a refrigerated biscuit into each muffin cup. Spoon melted butter over each biscuit. Bake for about 10 minutes.
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