If you ask me the definition  of comfort food it's pasta, sausage and a yummy sauce.  This Nelson comfort food has hit the spot with our family for years.  It's really FAST and  SIMPLE to make.  And as you know i stand by and guarantee every recipe I put on my blog.   I hope you try it and give me your feed back.  I have made this recipe with different types of noodles like quinoa noodles, 100% whole wheat noodles.  Just make sure they have little twist and turns to hold the yummy sauce  This time I made it with fat free half and half.  So have fun ! This recipe will be a favorite "go to meal" with your family too.  Bon Appetite , Peggy

Farfalle With Sausage Tomatoes and cream
 serves  6

2 Tbs. olive oil
1 pound sweet Italian sausage casing removed ( I like to use hot Italian sausage)
1/2 tsp. dried crushed red pepper flakes
1 med onion, chopped
3 garlic gloves, minced
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes with added puree
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 lb. farfalle (bow tie pasta)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
grated romano or parmesan cheese.  

Heat oil in a heavy large skillet.  Over medium heat, sauté sausage and crushed pepper  until sausage is no longer pink, breaking into chunks while cooking.  Add onions and garlic and continue to cook for 3 more minutes.  Add tomatoes and reduce heat to low simmer until all ingredients are combined and mixture thickens.  Add cream and correct seasonings.  (Remember it's important to taste your food)

Meanwhile cook pasta in a large pot of salted water.  Cook pasta until tender but still firm to bite ( Al-dente).  drain pasta reserving 1 cup liquid.  In a large bowl or pan combine pasta and sauce,  adding liquid 1/4 cup at a time if sauce seems to dry.  Sprinkle with basil and and cheese

This cheese bread completes the meal.

Three Cheese Garlic Bread

2 Tbs. mayo
2 Tbs. butter
1 garlic glove, minced
1 1/3 cups crumbled feta
1 1/4 cups grated parmesan cheese (divided)
1/2 cup grated (packed) monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onions
Rustic bread (like ciabatta) sliced

Position rack in the middle of oven.  Preheat oven to 450.  Mix first 3 ingredients in bowl.    Mix in feta, 1/2 cup parmesan,  jack cheese and green onions.  Spread each  slice of bread with about 2 Tbs cheese mixture.  sprinkle with parmesan cheese,  You need to press to adhere to bread.  Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake until cheese is golden and bubbly.  Careful not to burn.
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