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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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Chili Mac n Cheese

April 28, 2016
We’ve had a bunch of family helping out since Baby R was born. It’s been incredibly helpful. My mom helped me put together this crockpot dish in preparation for my husband’s parents coming into town. It was easy and a great way to have dinner ready when they arrived. Time to dust off your slow cooker!
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You will need:
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T chili powder
  • 2 T cumin
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 4 c stock (use your favorite: beef, chicken, vegetable)
  • 1 bottle beer (optional)
  • 1 can (28 oz) fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 10 oz uncooked elbows pasta
  • 1 1/2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Then you will:

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the hamburger and begin to brown, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and cayenne. Cook another 5 minutes or so, until the hamburger is browned and the onion slightly softened.
  4. Transfer the mixture to your crockpot.
  5. Add the stock, beer, tomatoes, and beans to the crockpot.
  6. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  7. Stir in the pasta 30 minutes before you want to serve the meal.
  8. Stir after 15 minutes elapse. If it looks like there is very little liquid left, add up to 1 cup of additional hot water.
  9. Just prior to serving, stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and allow to melt.
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Rosemary-Mushroom Pasta Sauce with Chicken

June 10, 2015

This sauce was inspired by a recent trip to Eastern Market. We had a few friends in town from Chicago and lucked out with simply gorgeous weather, so we decided to walk around food stalls, artist stands and flea market tents. It was lovely. We spotted some amazing mushrooms and couldn’t resist a visit to our favorite fresh pasta vendor. This dinner was the result!

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You will need:

  • 3 T olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 lb chicken breast, chopped
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 16 oz assorted mushrooms, cleaned and chopped (we used crimini, oyster, and shitaake)
  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 c dry white wine (optional)
  • 1/2 c stock (we used chicken)
  • 2 T Dijon mustard
  • 6 oz creme fraiche
  • 1/3 c light cream
  • 1 lb pasta (we used fresh egg bucatini)
  • 1/2 c pasta water, reserved
  • Salt and pepper

Then you will…

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the directions, straining 1-2 minutes before recommended cooking time. Be sure to reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water for the sauce. The pasta will continue cooking when you add it to the sauce.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the chicken and saute until cooked through and golden. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  4. Heat the remaining olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add the shallots, mushrooms and rosemary.
  6. Saute until the mushrooms release their juices and start to turn golden.
  7. Add the wine (if using) and stock, scraping up any browned bits into the sauce.
  8. Stir in the mustard.
  9. Allow to simmer until reduced by half.
  10. Return the chicken to the skillet.
  11. Stir in the creme fraiche, cream and reserved pasta water. Heat through.
  12. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  13. Add the pasta to the sauce and toss until evenly coated.
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