This is a one of my go-to options when feeding a large group on a small budget. Add in some bread sticks and a nice salad and this can feed 10 to 12 people for under $40.

MichWi
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook and stir sausage in a skillet over high heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain excess grease.

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  • Add Alfredo sauce, milk, and habanero pepper to the skillet. Cook over medium heat until bubbly, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and add 1/2 cup pepper Jack cheese. Cover and cook sauce until thickens, about 10 minutes.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

  • Pour sauce over pasta; garnish with remaining pepper Jack cheese, diced tomatoes, and green onions. Cover for a few minutes to melt the cheese.

Cook's Notes:

The heat in the sauce all hinges on the size and quality of the habanero peppers. I have added an extra 1/2 pepper if guests like extra heat but this can unbalance the dish to nothing but heat.

The sauce can also be prepared in the slow cooker on Low, for about 3 hours.

You can replace the mild Italian sausage with any sausage of your preference.

You can substitute milk with heavy whipping cream.

Nutrition Facts

727 calories; 38.7 g total fat; 64 mg cholesterol; 1204 mg sodium. 74.3 g carbohydrates; 24.1 g protein; Full Nutrition