Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta, and Bold, Bright, Summer Giveaway


A  bold, bright, summer is right around the corner and I want to share a simple to make, fun, Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta, and Bold, Bright, Summer Giveaway sponsored by Mezzetta. This Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta is made with pure Southern love combining penne pasta, grilled Andouille sausage, a creamy cheese sauce, diced tomatoes with chiles, Mezzetta Roasted Red Peppers, onions, fresh herbs, and spices.

I love a good pasta and my Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta was so much easier to make using Mezzetta red Roasted Peppers, and I was able to save a little time not having to toss a few red peppers on the grill, and my pasta still had a great flavor. A big Thank you to Mezzetta for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try their bold peppers!

A bold, bright, summer is right around the corner and I want to share a simple to make, fun, Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta, and Bold, Bright, Summer Giveaway sponsored by Mezzetta. This Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta is made with pure Southern love combining penne pasta, grilled Andouille sausage, a creamy cheese sauce, diced tomatoes with chiles, Mezzetta Roasted Red Peppers, onions, fresh herbs, and spices.My Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta only took me about 30 minutes after the grill was fired up. While I waited for the grill to heat, I used that time to do a bit of prep work such chopping a medium onion, garlic, and fresh parsley from my herb garden.

I  already decided I didn’t want to spend much time out in that hot Florida sun today; so I used Mezzetta Red Roasted Peppers in place of my usual roasted red peppers I do on the grill. I have to tell you that cut out a good 10 minutes or so of cooking, and I didn’t have to deal with removing any seeds or skin from the peppers.

A bold, bright, summer is right around the corner and I want to share a simple to make, fun, Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta, and Bold, Bright, Summer Giveaway sponsored by Mezzetta. This Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta is made with pure Southern love combining penne pasta, grilled Andouille sausage, a creamy cheese sauce, diced tomatoes with chilies, Mezzetta Roasted Red Peppers, onions, fresh herbs, and spices.Did you know that Mezzetta Peppers are the #1 jarred peppers in the United States? That’s right they sure are. Mezzetta only harvests their peppers at the peak of ripeness from local farmers around the world and brings the delicious flavors to life with their proprietary brines. They have 5 delicious tasting types of peppers that I listed below for y’all.

Mezzetta Brand Peppers

  • Golden Greek Peperoncini (whole or sliced)
  • Deli-Sliced Tamed Jalapeño Peppers
  • Deli-Sliced Mild Pepper Rings
  • Deli-Sliced Peperoncini
  • Deli-Sliced Roasted Red Bell Peppers

A bold, bright, summer is right around the corner and I want to share a simple to make, fun, Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta, and Bold, Bright, Summer Giveaway sponsored by Mezzetta. This Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta is made with pure Southern love combining penne pasta, grilled Andouille sausage, a creamy cheese sauce, diced tomatoes with chilies, Mezzetta Roasted Red Peppers, onions, fresh herbs, and spices.Are y’all ready to start firing up those grills and make this yummy tasting Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta with Mezzetta Peppers? Quick question, do you prefer gas or do you prefer charcoal grills? I love the nice smoky flavor my charcoal grill lends to the andouille sauce in this Cajun pasta dish.

Tips for grilling your Andouille Sausage with charcoal

  1. Be sure to properly heat your using your charcoal grills instruction manual, and instructions on Charcoal package as well as lighter fluid. Also, be sure all the lighter fluid has burned off and coals are hot. You do not want you andouille sausage to taste like lighter fluid.
  2. Brush the andouille sausages with a little vegetable oil, then place them on a prepared grill preheated to medium-high. Use a set of metal tongs to turn the sausages often, allowing them to brown on all sides.

A bold, bright, summer is right around the corner and I want to share a simple to make, fun, Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta, and Bold, Bright, Summer Giveaway sponsored by Mezzetta. This Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta is made with pure Southern love combining penne pasta, grilled Andouille sausage, a creamy cheese sauce, diced tomatoes with chiles, Mezzetta Roasted Red Peppers, onions, fresh herbs, and spices.

Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta

  • 1 pound of grilled Andouille sausage
  • 1/2 of a tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/4 of a cup minced celery
  • 1-10-ounces can of diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 15-ounces of alfredo sauce
  • 1/3 of a cup of Mezzetta peppers chopped
  • 1/4 of a cup of chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of hot sauce
  • freshly ground pepper to own taste
  • 12-ounces of el dente penne pasta
  • extra chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Be sure to properly heat your charcoal grill using your charcoal grills instruction manual, and instructions on Charcoal package as well as lighter fluid. Also, be sure all the lighter fluid has burned off and coals are hot. You do not want you andouille sausage to taste like lighter fluid.
  2. Brush the andouille sausages with a little vegetable oil, then place them on a prepared grill preheated to medium-high. Use a set of metal tongs to turn the sausages often, allowing them to brown on all sides.
  3. While andouille sausage is cooking prep onions, garlic, and celery, place olive oil in a  large metal skillet onto medium heat, then add onions, garlic, and celery, cook till softened about 4-5 minutes.
  4.  Add the diced tomatoes with chiles, alfredo sauce, Mezzetta peppers, chopped parsley, cajun seasoning, hot sauce, and fresh ground pepper to own taste, simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Remove Andouille sausage from the grill, let slightly cool before slicing into bite-size rounds, add to simmering sauce, reduce heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, following package directions cook penne pasta till al dente, remove from the heat source, rinse, and drain pasta.
  7. Place pasta in a large pasta bowl or serving bowl, ladle sauce over pasta, toss the pasta and sauce to combine.
  8. Garnish with extra chopped parsley.
  9. Serve immediately.

Awesome Giveaway… Enter to Win big!

A bold, bright, summer is right around the corner and I want to share a simple to make, fun, Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta, and Bold, Bright, Summer Giveaway sponsored by Mezzetta. This Cajun-Inspired Penne Pasta is made with pure Southern love combining penne pasta, grilled Andouille sausage, a creamy cheese sauce, diced tomatoes with chiles, Mezzetta Roasted Red Peppers, onions, fresh herbs, and spices.

I would love if before you enter the  Bold, Bright, Summer giveaway please if you would do me a favor y’all, I would like you to answer 2 questions in my comment section on the blog…

  1. Do you prefer gas grills or charcoal grills?
  2. Have you tried Mezzetta Peppers; If so which ones did you use?

Giveaway prizes are as follows…

Grand Prize (1): Weber® Spirit® E-310™ gas grill (ARV $499.00) + Weber® 3 Piece Tool Set (ARV $22.99) + 5 jars of Mezzetta Peppers + Summer Entertaining Kit (Cooler, Wooden Cutting Board, Apron, Towel, Beachball)

Runner-ups (10): Weber® ORIGINAL KETTLE® 18” charcoal grill (ARV $79.00) + Weber® 3 Piece Tool Set (ARV $22.99) + 5 jars of Mezzetta Peppers + Summer Entertaining Kit (Cooler, Wooden Cutting Board, Apron, Towel, Beachball)

Giveaway runs from May 15th  to July 15th, 2016

Enter the Giveaway ——> Here

Best of luck to y’all I hope to hear you are one of the Grand Prize winners or runner-ups!

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4 comments

  1. Just discovered your blog through Twitter, hi! I def will be purchasing these peppers in the near future bc I need this dish in my life, looks delicious. We’ve always used charcoal so it’s what we stick with-if it ain’t broke blah blah! But our 5 yr old grill just recently went to grill heaven and summer is just not the same! Thanks for the recipe!

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