Crock Pot Pasta and Smoked Turkey Sausage
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and are continuing to serve
freedom of this country.
I don’t know about you, but as we get closer to Thanksgiving, I begin to focus more on clearing out my pantry and freezer in anticipation of preparing the biggest meal of the year. I tend to grocery shop less but still love to cook delicious meals for my husband and son. The Crock Pot is always on the counter and the oven is used less often.
As you know, chicken is a staple in my house and it is always on the menu several times per week. However, last month hubby went to the Dominican Republic for a mini vacation so it was just Tayair and myself. Instead of having chicken he suggested we try Smoked Turkey Sausage, so that is what we had for dinner the night hubby returned home.
Using the Smoked Turkey Sausage gave this meal more flavor than using plain chicken.
1 – Package fully cooked Smoked Turkey Sausage – Diced
1 – 14.5 oz can of Petite Diced Tomatoes
1 – Jar Alfredo Sauce
2 – Cups Penne Pasta (uncooked)
Options: Minced Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes
Most people don’t realize that you can put uncooked pasta in the Crock Pot, but for my money, it’s much better as it doesn’t get mushy and cooks up well.
Spray the inside of the Crock Pot with Cooking Spray, add Pasta, Diced Tomatoes and Smoked Turkey Sausage. Sprinkle on a little Italian Seasoning and pour in Alfredo Sauce. Add 1/4 cup of water to the jar, shake and then pour remaining sauce into Crock Pot.
Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. If you prefer to use a red sauce like Marinara or spaghetti sauce as it works just as well.
Do you use Smoked Turkey Sausage in your meals?