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Pasta with Sausage, Peas and Ricotta

September 3, 2017

We are always looking for new ways to build a pasta dinner. This is combination of sausage and tender peas with spice from crushed red pepper flakes is excellent with the creamy and bright whipped lemon ricotta. Just add your favorite dried or fresh pasta for a lovely dinner. We used our fresh arugula pasta, and it was an great pairing.

You will need:

  • 1/4 c pine nuts
  • 1 c ricotta cheese
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/3 c + 3 T grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage, out of its casing
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 c frozen peas
  • 1/2 c favorite stock (I used beef because it was on hand)
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 lb pasta
  • Pepper to taste

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Then you will…

  1. Toast the pine nuts in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring often, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ricotta with the lemon zest, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan, and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Set aside.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the sausage and saute 5-6 minutes until starting to brown, breaking it up as you stir.
  5. Add the onion and garlic. Saute until the onion softens and turning golden, 3-5 minutes.
  6. Add the peas, stock, red pepper flakes, and salt. Mix together.
  7. Lower the heat to medium-low and allow the sauce to simmer and reduce, while you cook the pasta.
  8. Cook the pasta in salted water according to its instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water for the sauce when you strain the pasta.
  9. Stir the pasta and Parmesan into the sauce.
  10. Add the pasta water, a little at a time, until your sauce is the desired consistency and coats the pasta.
  11. Season with fresh pepper to taste.
  12. Serve the pasta and sauce topped with some of the ricotta and pine nuts.
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Baked Sausage and Beans

March 28, 2017

This is a play on hot dogs and beans, but we dressed it up with yummy sausage. It comes together very quickly and makes excellent leftovers.

You will need:

  • 16 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 4 T sherry vinegar
  • 2 t dried basil
  • 2 t dried parsley
  • ½ t ground pepper
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage (or your favorite sausage), each sausage cut into two pieces
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) low sodium great northern beans, drained and rinsed

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large ovenproof Dutch oven, mix together the cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, basil, parsley, pepper and salt. (You can also use a 9×13 baking dish).
  3. Mix in the sausage.
  4. Bake 35 minutes, until the sausages are roasted and cooked through. Stir once in the middle of the baking time.
  5. Stir in the beans.
  6. Return to oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until the beans are warmed through.
  7. Serve with crusty bread and a fresh salad!

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Maple Dijon Pork Roast with Apples and Sweet Potato

August 17, 2016

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This is a great dinner, in part because your side dish cooks with it! It fills your house with the smells of maple, mustard, and roasting veggies and pork. Once you pop everything in the oven, there is very little work left to do. This means you can enjoy a glass of wine with friends before breaking bread with them.

You will need:

  • 2-3 lb pork roast
  • 5 T Dijon mustard
  • 3 T maple syrup
  • 1/2 c olive oil, divided
  • 1 t ground pepper, divided
  • 1/2 t salt, divided
  • 3 granny smith apples, cored and quartered
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and cut into eighths
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t cumin
  • 1/4 t chili powder

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Pat the pork dry.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the mustard, maple syrup, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and 1/4 t salt.
  4. Coat the outside of the pork with about 3/4 of the sauce. Reserve the extra sauce.
  5. Place the pork on a roasting rack in a large baking dish.
  6. Bake the pork roast for 15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, toss the apples, sweet potato and onion with the remaining 1/4 c olive oil, 1/2 t pepper, 1/4 t salt, paprika, garlic powder, cinnamon, cumin, and chili powder.
  8. Remove the roasting rack from the pan and return the pork roast to the baking dish.
  9. Spread the apple and sweet potato mixture around the pork.
  10. Reduce oven temperature to 450 degrees.
  11. Return the baking dish to the oven.
  12. Roast for another 20-30 minutes, stirring the apples and sweet potato mixture at least once and brushing the pork with the extra sauce with 10-15 minutes left on the baking time. Pork should reach 120-130 degrees before you take it out of the oven.
  13. Remove from the oven. Allow the pork to rest at least 10 minutes before slicing.
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Caribbean Grilled Pork Chops with Mango Salsa

June 3, 2016

We grilled these pork chops when my family was in town for R’s baptism. You mix up a spice rub and can prep the pork earlier in the day, so it is an easy meal when you have visitors.

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You will need:

  • 2 T paprika
  • 2 T garlic powder
  • 2 t dried oregano
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1/4 t cloves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb of pork chops

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Then you will…

  1. Combine all the spices in a small bowl.
  2. Rub the pork with the spice mixture.
  3. Grill until cooked through over medium heat. For 1-inch thick chops, this is about 4 minutes on each side.
  4. Serve with mango salsa. (I added a little cumin to the salsa this time).

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Pork Chops with Rosemary-Mushroom Sauce

April 6, 2016

We felt in the mood for some pork chops and had some friends coming over for dinner. We decided to pair the pork with a sauce that mixed one of our favorite vegetables (mushrooms) with two of my other favorite ingredients (rosemary and Dijon mustard). Our friend’s daughter found the pork to be yummier and more interesting than playing with the cats. Hope you like it too!

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You will need:

  • 4 pork chops, roughly 1/2 inch thick
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 c shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 c unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 T Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 c heavy cream

Then you will…

  1. Pat the pork chops dry and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Sear the pork chops till golden on each side, no more than 2 minutes per side.
  4. Place the pork chops onto a plate and set aside.
  5. Add the shallot to the pan and saute for 2-4 minutes, or until starting to soften.
  6. Add the mushrooms and rosemary, and saute until the mushrooms give off their juices and they cook off.
  7. Stir in the stock, mustard and cream. Mix until well combined and heated through.
  8. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Return the pork chops to the pan and allow to simmer another 2-4, until the pork is cooked to your liking.
  10. Serve the pork chops with the mushroom sauce on top. Goes great with potatoes!
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Molasses Ginger Pork Tenderloin

July 15, 2015

D and I stumbled upon a big sale on pork tenderloin the other Sunday. Lucky us! We decided to marinade the pork in a sweet and spicy sauce and then grill it for some extra deliciousness. We only marinated it for a few hours, but it would be even more succulent if you could marinate it for a day or two before cooking. It was so yummy that we forgot to take a picture!

You will need:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 inches fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/2 c molasses
  • 1/4 c rice vinegar
  • 1/4 c low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 T sriracha chili sauce
  • 2 t sesame oil
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1-2 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed

Then you will…

  1. In a large ziplock bag, combine everything but the pork. Seal and shake to mix.
  2. Add the pork to the marinade and toss to coat. Remove excess air from the bag, seal and refrigerate.
  3. Allow to marinate for at least 4 hours.
  4. Heat your grill to high heat. Cook to your preference. We like 7 minutes on one side and 6 minutes on the other with the lid closed. Because we have a gas grill, then we turn it off and leave the pork in for another 5 minutes.
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Rosemary Pork Tenderloin

May 18, 2015

This is a simple recipe for an oven-roasted pork tenderloin. It can be prepared in 5 minutes and done in about 45 minutes, so this recipe is a great staple for quick and easy dinners.

20150418 Rosemary PorkYou will need:

  • 1 to 1.5 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed of excess fat
  • 3 T fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 T Dijon mustard
  • 2 T apricot preserves
  • 1/2 t ground pepper
  • 1/4 t salt

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the rosemary with the mustard, preserves, salt and pepper.
  3. Spread the rosemary-mustard mixture on the top and bottom of the pork.
  4. Place the pork in the prepared pan.
  5. Roast for 45 minutes, or until the center of the thickest part reaches 145 degrees.
  6. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
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