Amazing Tomato and Basil Penne With Italian Sausage

"This is an amazing rustic Italian recipe, that is super simple to make."
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  • Cook the pasta, per package instructions. It should be done about the same time the sauce is finished.
  • In a large 12 inch skillet on medium high add the oil and sausage. Cook until browned and crumbled.
  • Add the onion and cook until translucent 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the Garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add the chopped tomato and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock and cook until reduced by at least half.
  • Add the heavy cream and cook until the sauce is thick and creamy.
  • Add the basil and cook for no more than 1 minute.
  • If the sauce has become too thick add about 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Add the cooked pasta and cook for about 2 minutes mixing frequently until all the sauce has been absorbed by the pasta. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve topped with some grated Parmesan cheese (optional). enjoy.

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As my moniker might display, I am a chef and I work in a laboratory. I have working a healthcare lab for the past 18 years. With the exception of the two years that took a break and went culinary school. Let me tell you, working with food is fun, but it really does not pay the bills. So I went back into healthcare. Now I just cook for my friends and family. One thing that I learned in culinary school is once you have the techniques of cooking, you can cook just about anything. I am not saying go out and spend tens of thousands of dollars on culinary school. But try to learn as much about cooking techniques as you can, take a class at your local continuing education location, read a lot, there are many great teaching cooking shows (Good Eats), and of course there is always YouTube. But most of all, cook what you love, and have fun. Do not let cooking be a "I have 30 minutes to make a meal before I have to do X." Cook on your days off or weekends, play some music, have some wine, but have fun. If it does not turn out, do not get mad, but try to figure out why it did not turn out. It usually either a bad recipe, or bad technique.
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