I did the thing the other day that you aren’t supposed to do but end up doing it often since life is busy and it happens. I went grocery shopping while hungry. Like reaaalllly hungry. Like I was about to buy a snack and eat it while shopping hungry. And while I was shopping hungry I was trying to grab a few things we needed as well as something for dinner that night. We always shop 1-2 times a week and have dinners planned out but for some reason we didn’t have anything planned for this evening so I was hunting for an idea while hungry. I happened to be by the cheese and was grabbing some cheddar for my kids for quesadillas when I saw the smoked mozzarella. I had a flash back to a delicious pasta dish that I loved from a restaurant from my hometown and I decided to make my version of it – Chicken and Andouille Sausage Pasta with Creamy Smoked Mozzarella Sauce.
The dish that I remembered from when I was a kid had a smoky cheese ( it was either gouda or mozzarella), penne pasta, chicken, tomatoes, basil and a creamy sauce that wasn’t too heavy, not like a heavy alfredo sauce. There might have been a few other items in it, but the smoky cheese, chicken, tomatoes and penne pasta was such a delicious combo it has stuck in my delicious food memory bank for a long time now. My husband and I are big fans of Jambalaya, which is something I make often and will blog one of these days, and we always use the smoked chicken andouille sausage from Trader Joes in it. I knew I wanted to add that sausage to this pasta dish, so this dish is really a hybrid of what I had as a kid and Jambalaya and so super delicious.