It was a sad day. The Italian restaurant down the street had been torn to the ground. I’m still not sure what is going in it’s place. Meanwhile, their Spicy Romano Chicken would be no more. And that made me sad. (It was a favorite of mine.)
Then I remembered, “Wait, I can cook!” and I decided then and there I was going to figure out how to make this myself.
And I did! I made my own variation, which is one of the things I love about Italian cooking. You can make everything your own way. There’s not a right or wrong way to do things. My major change was swapping the chicken for Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations Sweet Italian Style Sausage. So how can you make this dish yourself?
1 package Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creations Sweet Italian Style Sausage
2 tbs butter
1 package (8 oz.) fresh sliced mushrooms
1 can quartered artichoke hearts
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup Romano cheese
6 sun dried tomatoes
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 bunch fresh chives
Pasta of choice
Bring water to a boil in a large pan and add the sausages for about 10 minutes. Take the sausage out of the pan and slice on the diagonal. Pour any remaining water out of pan and return the sliced sausages. Lower heat to medium high. Add butter and mushrooms, stirring often as you caramelize the sausage and mushrooms. Lower heat to medium and add the drained artichokes, cream and Romano cheese. Slice the sun dried tomatoes into thin strips and add them to the pan, along with the cayenne pepper. Continue stirring until the sauce is thick and creamy. Remove from heat and toss with pasta and sliced chives.
This was a delicious meal for a Wednesday night-the perfect way to celebrate making it halfway through the week. It was also surprisingly easy and low mess-one pan, one pot and a cutting board were the only dishes to clean after cooking.
This is also easily adaptable. Don’t like mushrooms? Don’t use them. Want more heat? Load up on the cayenne or add peppers. Personaly, I thought it was perfect just the way I made it. This will definitely make it’s way into my regular dinner planning rotation!
You can view more photos from my shopping trip and cooking here.
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All thoughts and opinions are my own.