Pasta with Sausage Cream Sauce


  • 1 pound sweet or mild Italian sausage
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 small sweet or yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 ounces pasta cooked until al dente, reserve ½ cup cooking liquid

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Sprinkle both sides of sausage with baking soda and shape into a large hamburger patty about ½ to ¾-inch thick. Let sit 10 minutes.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned on each side, about 3 minutes per side. Place sausage on a plate or cutting board and cut into ¼-inch pieces. Transfer sausage to a bowl and add cream. Set aside.
  3. If there is more than 1½ tablespoons of grease in skillet, discard excess. Add onion to skillet and cook over medium heat until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.
  5. Add wine and cook until reduced in half.
  6. Add sausage/cream mixture and simmer 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Add nutmeg, parsley, and Parmesan. Remove from heat and stir until cheese is melted. If sauce is too thick, add some reserved cooking liquid.
  8. Toss sauce with pasta and serve.

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