Penne with Smoked Sausage and Caramelized Onions
12 oz. smoked sausage, sliced
8 oz dry penne pasta
1, 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, sliced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1. In a large skillet brown sliced sausage until caramelized. Remove from skillet and set aside, leaving the drippings from the sausage in the pan.
2. Lower heat to medium-low and place onions and salt in sausage drippings. Cook onion, stirring often, until very soft and and well caramelized-- about 15 minutes.
3. Boil pasta according to package directions and drain, reserving 1/2 C of the starchy cooking water.
4. Add sausage to the onions as well as the tomatoes and oregano. Bring to a simmer and stir in pasta and parmesan cheese, adding a bit of the cooking water if necessary to loosen it up. Serve with additional parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil if desired.