20-Minute Meal: Cajun Smoked Turkey Sausage Alfredo

While I haven't been in much of a festive mood this year, I still cook...and even eat occasionally! I was in the mood for smoked sausage the other night, so I threw together this splendid concoction in 20 minutes, start to finish:

While I made it just for me, out of sheer boredom and a sausage craving (yeah, yeah, I know...), what I made would easily serve four and would probably be really good with a nice, green salad on the side. 

What You Need: 

  • Medium egg noodles
  • 1/2 yellow or white onion, chopped coarse
  • 1 bell pepper, whatever color you like, cored, seeded and chopped coarse
  • 1 pack turkey smoked sausage (we have Butterball brand, use whichever brand you've got) 
  • 1 jar Ragu Light Parmesan Alfredo (or whatever lite or fat-free Alfredo sauce you find)
  • Cayenne pepper, sprinklings...I didn't measure, sorry
  • Kosher salt...just a touch
  • 1 tbs olive oil

What You Do:

  • Heat water for noodles to boiling, add noodles and let them cook
  • Heat olive oil on medium and saute the peppers and onions for 5-7 minutes
  • Sprinkle a touch of kosher salt and cayenne pepper, to taste, over the peppers and onions
  • Slice sausage into 1/2 inch coins and add to the skillet
  • Continue cooking the peppers, onions and sausage for another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, til the sausage gets all nice and toasty brown (see above...like that!) 
  • Check noodles. I like mine done. I don't do that Al Dente stuff...I'm not Italian. Sacrilege, I know!
  • Add the entire jar of Alfredo to the skillet and stir to evenly coat all the veggies and sausage. 
  • Reduce heat and let it simmer for another 5 minutes or so to warm the sauce
  • Drain the noodles, add them to the skillet, stir it all up til everything is getting along nicely
  • Plate. 
That's it. Simple, straightforward and great for lazy, lonely cooks like me! 

Oh, and if you've ever wondered how to get all that sauce that's stuck to the sides of the jar OUT of the jar, read here for ways to set it free and get your money's worth out of canned and jarred items!! 

Happy, happy cooking, eating and then going back to whatever you were doing before I so rudely interrupted! 

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