I made a fundamental error with this assignment. Not finding "sweet Italian sausage" in the shops, I decided to use a dried French sausage instead. I have made dishes that were quite good using strips of sautéed hard sausage, but this wasn't one of them. The sausage itself was quite good, but this dish should be kind of a comfort food, with pasta and cream sauce and some nice pork sausage. The sausage I chose just didn't work.
Dried sausage doesn't crumble, at least this one didn't, but it can be cut into chunks. These were added to the sautéing onion.
When the meat started looking a bit crispy around the edges, I poured off an enormous amount of rendered fat before adding the cream.
The sauce is mixed with the cooked pasta and topped with cheese. And served with lots of nice red wine to keep the cholesterol level down. :-)
Pogo seemed to enjoy it more than we did.
I will try this again with a home-made sausage. This will keep the fat level down and made for a tastier dish, I expect. If the sausage is already prepared or store-bought, this would be a very quick meal to make.