The recipe for the Cooking Italy group this past week was Sausages and Cream Sauce, found on page 201 of the cookbook we are using: Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.
The recipe itself is quite easy: butter. oil, onion, cream, sweet Italian sausage, salt & pepper, all cooked and served over some sort of pasta with groves to soak up the sauce and let it cling a bit.
When I first read through the recipe, my first thought was that it sounded an awful lot like Hamburger Helper (with the emphasis for myself on the word "awful" as I tend not to like anything along those lines). I should preface this post by saying that when I read a recipe and it says, "add a can of cream of .... soup," that's pretty much a guarantee I am not going to make it, much less eat it. This recipe was a similar version.
The butter, the cream, the fat from the sausages...not something I would make again for sure. That said, the guys thought it was great. (I have decided that guys tend to be like that when a recipe screams "Cholesterol Poster Child's Nightmare.") I tried to get a good photo, but this is as good as it gets as this is exactly what it looked like.
I took two bites, one as a test and another to be sure that I wasn't judging it wrongly...and then Pippin and Vash had the rest of mine. I felt a little guilty feeding it to the dogs like that, and then I realized that I just fed it to my family...yikes! As I said, they loved it, so if you like a recipe like this, you might enjoy it as well. Not everyone likes/dislikes the same kinds of food.
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