Posts Tagged ‘sausage’

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Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Stuffed Shells

November 14, 2017

We enjoy all sorts of pasta in our house, including stuffed shells. My son also loves sausage. These shells are perfect for the fall: they have a little spice from ground Italian sausage and extra creaminess from a little pumpkin puree snuck into the mix.

You will need:

  • 1 box jumbo shells, parboiled and rinsed in cool water according to directions
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, removed from casings, crumbled and browned
  • 1 c ricotta cheese
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 T fresh sage, finely minced
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 c grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 c shredded Italian cheeses
  • 2 jars of your favorite tomato sauce

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked sausage with the ricotta, pumpkin, egg, sage, garlic, pepper salt and grated Parmesan.
  3. Stuff a shell with the sausage mixture and place in the prepared baking dish.
  4. Repeat until you can’t fit more shells in the dish.
  5. If you end up with extra sausage mixture, sprinkle it over the tops of the shells in the dish.
  6. Spread enough sauce over the tops of the shells to cover them.
  7. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes and remove from oven. Remove the foil and set the foil aside.
  9. Sprinkle the top with shredded Italian cheese.
  10. Bake another 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  11. Allow to rest at least 5 minutes before serving.

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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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Slow Cooker White Bean and Sausage Cassoulet

January 25, 2016

This is a simple and hearty winter dish that takes very little time to prep. You can make it in a slow cooker or bake it at 300 in a dutch oven; once you get it started, you just need to sit back and relax for about 6 hours until your meal is ready! Perfect for a quiet afternoon with family or your favorite book.

Note: if you have ever wondered “what do I do with the Parmesan rind after I use all the yummy cheese,” you can add it to soup stock. It adds a lot of nutty deliciousness to soups and dishes like this one.

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You will need:

  • 1 lb sausage, uncased (I used mild Italian)
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 c (~ 8 oz) dried white beans (I used Great Northern)
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with their juices (I used some seasoned with basil, garlic and oregano)
  • 3 c low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3 t fresh thyme, de-stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 Parmesan rind (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Then you will…

  1. In a large nonstick skillet (or your Dutch oven if using), brown the sausage with the onion and garlic over medium heat. Stir frequently to break up the sausage.
  2. Remove from heat and transfer to your slow cooker (or leave in the Dutch oven).
  3. Mix in the white beans, diced tomato, chicken stock and thyme.
  4. Add the Parmesan rind if using.
  5. Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or HIGH for 5. The beans should be soft and plump.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve with crusty bread and your favorite salad.
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Spinach Tortellini Tomato Soup

June 4, 2015

This soup is a quick on to put together. For an easy dinner, add a side salad and some crusty bread!

You will need:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings (optional if you want a vegetarian soup)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomato with their juices
  • 32 oz low sodium broth
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 t dried basil
  • 1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 oz refrigerated spinach tortellini
  • 9 oz fresh baby spinach

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Then you will…

  1. In a large stock/soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. If using, add the sausage. Cook stirring frequently until crumbled and starting to brown.
  3. Add the onion and cook another 5 minutes, or until the onions are starting to soften and brown.
  4. Meanwhile, blend together the garlic cloves and one can of the diced tomatoes with their juices until finely pureed.
  5. Add the garlic-tomato mixture to the pot with the sausage and onions. Stir together.
  6. Add the other can of tomatoes to the pot along with the broth, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Stir in the tortellini and allow to cook for time on the package.
  9. With about one minute left, stir in the fresh spinach to wilt it.
  10. Serve hot!
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