Judith's Lazy Creamy Penne

Quick Weeknight Meals Recipe Contest 2009

Recipe: Lazy Creamy Penne
How long does it take? 25 minutes
Category: Omnivore
Name: Judith
Why is it a favorite meal? All the ingredients are pantry staples. You can do all the prep while the water is coming to a boil and make the sauce while the pasta is cooking. Plus, clean up is minimal.

Lazy Creamy Penne
Makes 2 servings

1 T flour
1 c milk
4 oz sausage, uncooked
3 cloves garlic
1 small onion
1 medium tomato
8 oz penne (or your favorite pasta shape)
1 T mustard
1 T balsamic vinegar
1/2 t paprika (sweet or smoked)
pinch of salt

1. Put pasta cooking water on stove to boil.
2. Mix flour and milk. Set aside.
3. Chop sausage in to bite size pieces (about 1/2 inch cubes). Chop onion and tomato. Mince garlic.
4. Water should be boiling now. Add penne.
5. Sauté sausage until cooked, about 1 or 2 minutes. Set aside.
6. Cook garlic and onion in the same pan. If the sausage did not leave sufficient fat in the pan, add about 1/2 T of olive oil or butter (fat is necessary to thicken the sauce).
7. After 2 or 3 minutes (when onion is soft and garlic is just browning) add tomato and cook for about 1 minute more.
8. Add mustard, balsamic vinegar, and paprika to pan and stir for a moment.
9. Add milk and flour mixture. Stir until sauce is thickened.
10. Add salt to taste.
11. Drain penne. Mix with sauce.
12. Yum!

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