With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Pasta with Fresh Veggies Sausage & Pecorino

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pasta with Fresh Veggies Sausage & Pecorino

Pasta with Fresh Veggies Sausage & Pecorino
Modified from Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2009

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8 ounces uncooked penne
12 ounces (about 4 links) sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 cup onion, cut into slivers
bunch fresh asparagus cut into 2-inch pieces
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/4 pounds tomatoes chopped
3/4 - 1 cup grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese (I like more cheese for flavor)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves
fresh parsley, chives, oregano to taste (optional)

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.

2. Place asparagus into a microwave safe dish; add a couple Tbs. water; cover with plastic leaving a small vent and cook on high 2 minutes. If you prefer, you can cook the asparagus in the skillet with the sausage and onion.

3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sausage, cook and using spoon to break up the sausage. Add the onion to pan and cook until the sausage is cooled through and the onions are , stirring to crumble sausage. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in pasta, 2 tablespoons cheese, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with additional cup cheese and basil.

Serves 6-8

Pita Triangles
1 bag pita bread
olive oil
Kosher salt
garlic powder
black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cut each pita in half and then each half in triangles and place them in a single layer on a sheet pan. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, garlic powder and black pepper.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Heading back

Last year we hosted a young lady from Spain for 7 months as she interned at the same company John works for. After 18 months here in the United States, she is returning to Spain.
Aldara & her boyfriend, Sergio came to have dinner with us one last time before departing

Sergio came last summer and has done very well improving his English
The dinner menu included
Antipasti Tray with Toasted Pita Triangles
Mixed Green Salad with Herb Grilled Shrimp
Pasta with Fresh Veggies Sausage & Pecorino
All-American Apple~Blueberry Crisp with Ice-cream  (recipe to follow)
As a parting gift, Aldara & Sergio gave me the lovely orchid (in the foreground) to add to my collection and a Martha Stewart Pies & Tarts cookbook.
These gifts will be enjoyed and serve as a sweet reminder of our friendship with this dear couple!

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NanaDiana said...

That look like a wonderful recipe, Lorraine. Isn't it wonderful to be able to share your food and life with someone from another country? We used to have a Spanish student that came back to visit several times over the years.

It looks like she knows you well-with that book and orchid.

I hope you have a wonderful day- xo Diana

Cindy said...

I'm inspired by your hospitality! The recipes sounds wonderful.

Maple Lane said...

Wonderful photos and the food looks delicious. The orchid and cookbook will be enjoyed for many years, I'm sure. Have a great Monday.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Your warm, creative hospitality must be a blessing to so many. This couple will not forget the memories that you gave them by your gift of time and food. What a delicious looking meal, and the pictures of all of you are so good!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Oh, and I really like your new blog banner.

Pondside said...

I love springtime Pasta dishes - so fresh and colourful.
Having Aldara with you must have been a great experience for all parties. I think that such relationships, between cultures, are really precious.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a wonderful dinner you made for this nice looking young couple! I'm sure they enjoyed theri visit and Aldara will go home with many find memories.

I ahve the smae MS cookbook --it's wonderful!

Precept Girl said...

This looks like a beautiful meal. I know you had fun planning and making all of it. You are a wonderful hostess.

Susan said...

Great menu, lovely guests, sweet gifts, wow! What could be better? Thanks for sharing, LDH. Enjoyed that post very much. Susan

Carol said...

Fabulous menu, such sweet guests to bring you such lovely gifts! what a nice evening it must have been, the sausage and pasta looks delicious.

Sue said...

A great hostess you are LDH, Your meal looks absolutely fit for a king.Thank you for sharing, and I know you are going to enjoy the gifts too.

Tracy said...

L, that meal looks scrumptious and such a bittersweet moment with friends departing. We often think of opening our home to a foreign exchange student. We continue to talk with people about it.

Ann said...

what a great menu, it all looks so delicious. Sounds like you had a very nice evening. I bet it's kind of sad to see them leave

Suzanne said...

What a lovely menu! Everything looks delicious, you certainly sent them off with a lovely memory:-)

podso said...

Great photos of what sounds (and looks) like a wonderful dinner. I look forward to seeing the blueberry apple recipe!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

The penne pasta looks fabulous. I'm a vegetarian but I'll bet it'd be great without the sausage. The meal looks absolutely fabulous! You're truly a gourmet chef!

Buttercup said...

What a lovely evening. The photos of you, John and your guests are beautiful.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a delicious parting meal for a lovely young lady and her boyfriend. The pasta looks especially delicious! I'm sure they'll remember you and your husband very fondly!

EMMA said...

That all looks so delicious! Apple and blueberry crisps sounds wonderful, can't wait for the recipe.

Amanda said...

That looks delicious and so fresh! I am so trying :) You take beautiful pictures... I am especially admiring your lilac blooms.

Debbie said...

Oh my, I think I'd love to come to dinner at your house. :)

The meal looks fabulous! Thank you for sharing the pasta recipe with us. I think I will 'pin it'. That helps keep me organized with recipes I want to try.

Blessings and love,

Little Birdie Blessings said...

What beautiful pictures. I'm sure you will miss Aldara terribly, but have left her with memories she'll always treasure. ~ Abby

Pat's Pink Apron said...

This looks pretty good. I see it has asparagus too. Like to try it.

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Alex said...

Your pasta recipe is a very healthy and hearty meal. Pasta lovers who are diet conscious will surely love this. A sweet Italian sausage will taste better if mixed with Romano cheese.

Alex Staff


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