Chicken and Andouille Sausage Pasta with Creamy Smoked Mozzarella Cream Sauce
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.
I know I have said in the past that I am not a huge pasta fan, and while its never really my first choice for a meal, there are a few that I absolutely love and this chicken and andouille sausage pasta dish is one of them. And whenever I make a pasta dish I always make enough to feed a gazillion people so I have to bring out my BIG pot to cook it in. I LOVE my Le Creuset Dutch oven. I have had this pot for I think 10 years now. The color is “Kiwi” and I wish they still made pots and pans in the color. Although I do love all the turquoise and Caribbean color pots and pans they have now. This pot has been with me living in several states, many moves, many apartments and houses, hundreds and hundreds of dishes made in it and it still looks practically brand new. So worth the investment. I will have this pot when I am 100 years old. As long as I make it to 100.
When I was in Trader Joe’s I was texting my husband asking what else we needed and I asked him “how does chicken and andouille sausage pasta with smoked mozzarella sound for dinner?” to which he replied ” freaking awesome”. He said I had him at “andouille sausage pasta”. I normally send him to the grocery store because he is better at it than I am. I am always forgetting stuff, if I don’t make a list, either on my phone or a piece of paper, its all over with. I forget half of what we need and I wander around aimlessly. My husband is way better at the household and domestic stuff than I am. I do cook and clean and sew and stuff but when it comes to a lot of it, he is way better. So in return for him doing awesome things like cleaning bathrooms and vacuuming the sofa, I make him dinners like this one.
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and I guess a way to a woman’s heart is a man helping out around the house? Sounds good to me. So he cleans and I cook!
For the pasta
Mozzarella cream sauce:
Make the pasta
To make the cream sauce :
Just look at all the yummy pasta goodness! One great thing about this dish is not only does it taste amazing the first time, but its even better as leftovers. If it lasts that long. I have to hide a portion from my husband if I want any leftovers because he will eat it all. Not all at once, but this doesn’t last very long in our house. Even our kids love it.