Italian Sausage and Vegetables with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Recipe by Chuck_Roast
READY IN: 1hr 20mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • Sauce ingredients
  • 12
    cup butter
  • 8
    tablespoons flour
  • 4
    cups milk (skim is ok)
  • 1
    pint cream (light Cream or half and half is ok)
  • 8
    ounces gorgonzola, crumbled
  • 12
    cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 6
    cloves garlic, minced
  • salt & fresh ground pepper
  • Main Ingredients
  • 6
    cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2
    medium sweet onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3
    medium bell peppers, julienned (green, red, and yellow or any combination you prefer)
  • 1 12 - 2
    lbs Italian sausages, cooked and cut in 1 inch pieces on the bias.
  • 1
    lb asparagus, cooked al dente (optional)
  • 1
    lb portabella mushroom, sliced and pre-sauteed (optional)
  • 1 12
    lbs penne pasta, cooked per direction on package (Mini-penne's are a good choice)
  • 1
    teaspoon italian seasoning (or substitute basil and oregano)
  • salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

  • In a large sauce pan melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add minced garlic to sauce pan cook for a few minutes but do not brown.
  • Whisk in the flour to make reux- cook for 3 to 5 minutes whisking constantly- do not let it brown.
  • Whisk in milk and heat until boiling- whisk often, add some fresh ground pepper.
  • Once sauce is thickened remove from heat and set aside (well get back to the this later).
  • In a large frying pan over medium-high heat add 3 Tbs olive oil add onions and slice the remaining garlic into pan sautee for 3 minutes until onion starts to soften.
  • Add peppers, Italian seasoning cook for 5 minutes until Peppers begin to soften.
  • Add cooked Sausage and warm through.
  • Just before vegetable and meat mixture is finished- heat White sauce and stir in the cream, bring up to almost a boil and stir in parmesean and gorgonzola.
  • Stir sauce until most of the gorgonzola is incorportated (lumps of cheese left in the sauce is a good thing!).
  • Check cream sauce for salt add if necessary.
  • In pasta bowls place Penne followed by Pepper onion meat mixture, then spoon on the Gorgonzola sauce, arrange mushrooms and asparagas on top.