Chicken and Spicy Sausage With Pasta

This flavorful chicken and spicy sausage is delicious over hot cooked pasta, or serve it over grits or rice. This is delicious with a tossed salad and crusty bread. INGREDIENTS: 4 tablespoons butter 6 to 8 ounces Andouille or other spicy sausage, thinly sliced 1 bunch green onions, sliced 1/2 red bell pepper, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 tablespoons flour 2 cups chicken broth 1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves 1 pound asparagus, trimmed, cut in 1-inch pieces 2 cups diced cooked chicken 1 cup heavy cream 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes Salt and pepper, to taste Hot cooked fettuccine or similar pasta, or rice or grits PREPARATION: Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add sliced sausage and saut� until browned. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and continue cooking, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the flour and stir until well blended.

Gradually stir in chicken broth and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add asparagus; cover and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, until asparagus is just tender. Add the chicken and cream; heat just to a simmer. Stir in parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Serve over hot cooked pasta, rice, or grits. Serves 4 to 6.

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