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Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday's Fractured Features... A Recipe

Pasta Sausage Meal

12 ounces of Orecchiette or I used 16 oz. Large Shells Pasta
2 Bunches Broccolini, or Broccoli Florets
2 Small size Zucchini, cut in chunks
9 yellow Cherri Tomatoes, cut in fourths
8 oz. of sweet Italian turkey Sausage, Or I used 16 oz. Jimmy Dean Country Mild Sausage - roll
                      sausage into small balls I used a teaspoon to cut amount.
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 large egg
Freshly ground pepper
½ cup grated ricotta. Or sprinkle with parmesan cheese and Mozzarella
Small sprigs of Fresh herbs cut with scissors into small pieces. (Rosemary, Sage, Lemon Thyme, Spicy Globe Basil, and Mexican Tarragon).
                                           {Underlined ingredients are the choices I used.} 

1.      Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs, adding the broccoli during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and broccoli. (I did this differently - continue to read below.)
Add olive oil to this to keep noodles from sticking
Use teaspoon to form balls
 2.      Meanwhile, roll the sausage meat into small bite size meatballs. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
roll balls perfectly with hands
My stove cooks hot so adjust accordingly


Be careful because Snoopy is waiting for one to drop.
 3.      Pour off any drippings from the skillet, then add the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, the garlic, red pepper flakes ½ teaspoon salt and the fresh herbs. Cook over medium heat, stirring 1 minute.  (I ran out of room in my pan of noodles so put the herbs, olive oil, garlic, red peppers and salt in my electric skillet and cooked 1 minute then added the zucchini & cooked for about 2 minutes, then added the broccoli. Continue cooking until vegetables are done. I then added the meatballs and pasta in my electric skillet and continued with the egg water.)

4. Whisk the egg with the reserved cooking water in a small bowl, then add to the skillet and stir until the sauce thickens slightly. Season with salt and pepper.

5.  Sprinkle with the cheeses; continue to heat until cheese is
                 melted and serve.

 ~ Hope you enjoy this... my family did.  :O)


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