This old thing? Oh, it’s just your new all-time favorite meal of ever.
Even IF it’s 57,923,426,1524547643,0023857723,,,34356 degrees outside. Times 80. It’s still going to rock your mouth off.
There IS one crucial thing to know about this recipe, and that is: you can go two different ways with it. Which, I guess there are two things you should know about this recipe, and that is: you’ll pick one way to go with it.
I’m sorry, guys. I tried watching the Bachelorette last night and it completely messed with my brain. First of all, I haven’t watched that show since my mid twenties. And it might have even been the Bachelor. I can’t remember. A bourbon and coke was involved (<– remember the mid twenties thing I just said?)
I just don’t understand that show. How can Jojo drape herself all over like, 50 dudes at once? And “feel this crazy connection” with ALL of them? I don’t get it! Everything is so plastic. (except Jordan. I liked his face and upper torso.) But really, how can she emotionally attach herself to all those dudes and it not feel totally awkward for everyone on AND off set? And who does her hair? And when is it on again?
This may look janky-do, but it totally works in life. I ripped another older recipe of mine, with the mixing of cream cheese, milk, and salsa. Try this. You will find true joy.
Then get a little soft baby Nat hand to help sprankle the chayse on your deesh.
This bake ^^^. Hooooolmg.
Okay, you know that green dragon hot sauce from Trader Joe’s? So, I used that as one of the main ingredients. And it made it spah-cay. In a good way! But, let me just stress – use some good jarred salsa verde in its place and it will still be super bright and delish, but not nearly as hot. That way you don’t need a sprinkler system set up on your table to hit your face every few seconds, and your kids won’t curse your name for eternity.
But! If you like spicy ish, go with that hot sauce, man. Do it.
So we have hot Italian sausage, CREAM CHEESE, the hot sauce, milk, red bell pepper, no-boil elbow pasta and Monterey jack cheese. Das eet. Das all she wrote. (she = me. me = bev. bev = bugged by Jojo.)
I almost forgot to mention! You don’t even have to cook the pasta before you bake this whole thing. The no-boil elbows will cook right up nicely in the baking process. Haaaa-boom.
Oh geez – I still have three photos yet to go. What do you want to talk about?
I guess this pasta bake. Or Jordan?
I started off baking this for 30 minutes, and the pasta wasn’t done just yet. So I went another 15 minutes, and it was perfect! See, okay – on the no-boil box, it talks about a quick soak in some hot water, but I totally skipped that. Just threw the pasta in raw. And it works! You just have to bake it close to 45 or 50 minutes. And I will warn you – there might be a few crunchies on top. Don’t get mad at me if there are. Just accept it as your life and still love me.
As far as the meat innards (sorry), you could definitely replace it with ground beef, chicken, turkey – whatever! Just maybe add a dusting of Mexican spices to it, like cumin and chili powder. Especially if you use the salsa verde in place of the dragon sauce. That will add a little sassy kick back in.
And if Monterey Jack isn’t yo’ thang, go cheddar! Or pepper jack! Or cheddar jack!
The end result is unreal. The cream cheese melts down and infuses the dish with these gorgeous tang pockets here and there. It works perfectly with the sausage, pasta, spicy green sauce, and your face.
You’re going to freak.
Make this, or I will seriously question humanity.