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Penne Milanese



PENNE MILANESE
Olive Garden Recipe

Serves 4

8 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
1/4 teaspoon saffron
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1 pound penne rigate pasta, cooked according to package directions
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
fresh parsley, chopped

Brown sausage in a preheated pan. Drain fat and set sausage aside. Add cream to the hot pan and continue to cook over low heat for 4 minutes. Add saffron and reduce sauce to the desired consistency. Chop sausage and add it to sauce. Remove cooked pasta from pot, retaining a portion of the water. Immediately add pasta to sauce and season with Parmesan cheese, salt and freshly crushed black pepper. (Thin sauce with pasta water if needed.) Transfer to large serving platter, garnish with chopped parsley and serve.

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