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Linguine with Grilled Sausage and Artichokes

Linguine with Grilled Sausage and Artichokes
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Linguine with Grilled Sausage and Artichokes
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  1. Combine the artichokes, onion, and garlic. Place the olive oil, vinegar, pepper flakes, and Italian herb blend in a container with a tight fitting lid. Cover and shake until well blended. Pour over the artichoke mixture toss well. Refrigerate, covered for at least 4 hours.
  2. Heat a grill to medium high heat. Add the sausage links and cook, turning frequently until well browned and cooked through. Remove from grill and allow to cool before slicing .
  3. Heat a grill basket over medium high heat. Spray well with cooking spray. Add the artichoke mixture . Grill, tossing frequently until the mixture is golden brown. This should take about 10 minutes or so. Remove from grill.
  4. Cook the pasta according to the package directions reducing the time by a minute or two. Prepare the sauce while the pasta cooks.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Add the sliced sausage and the artichoke mixture to the pan. Cook tossing occasionally until everything is heated through and has become a little more golden.
  6. Add the vermouth to the pan and stir to deglaze. Add several ladles of the pasta water to the skillet and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet along with the basil, tossing to combine with the sauce. Cook for another minute or two and remove from the heat.
  8. Place the mixture in pasta bowls and sprinkle with the Pecorino. Drizzle each serving with a little olive oil and it is ready to eat.
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Pasta with Artichokes and Cannellini Beans

Pasta with Artichokes and Cannellini Beans
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Pasta with Artichokes and Cannellini Beans
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  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions minus a minute or 2. While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a hot skillet. Place the artichoke hearts in a single layer in the pan. Cook until lightly brown, turning as needed, 4-5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan and add the onions and garlic. Cook a few minutes until they soften and smell wonderful.
  4. Add the beans and tomatoes and toss to combine. Add the vegetable stock and cook for 4 minutes or so. If the mixture seems dry, add a little more stock.
  5. Return the Artichokes to the skillet. When the pasta is cooked, reserve one cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and add to the skillet.
  6. Add the pasta water, parsley and pepper flakes to the skillet along with the cheese. Toss everything to combine and allow to cook for another few minutes until the cheese has melted.
  7. Serve with more cheese to add at the table.
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Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage, Beans and Kale

DIGITAL CAMERAWe all love pasta. It’s versatile, quick to prepare and cheap. It’s also  “carb heavy” which makes it a bit of a double edged sword for many of us. As with everything in a healthy diet, moderation is the key here and if the choice of pasta can be a little healthier, I’m all for it. This recipe uses Whole Wheat Penne which contains more than twice the fiber of its white counterpart. This recipe also keeps the pasta to a minimum. A cup or so of dry pasta will feed two lavishly.DIGITAL CAMERA

Turkey Italian Sausage and Cannelini Beans provide a generous serving of protein that is lower in fat than many other choices. Kale, the current golden (or is it green) child of the food world makes itself known along with garlic onions and red bell pepper. The sauce is low sodium chicken broth base to keep it light and let the other flavors shine through. DIGITAL CAMERAAs with so many of the recipes I share, this one is open to interpretation. It would be wonderful with some herbs. Basil or rosemary come to mind. Garbanzo beans could fill in for the Cannellini and any other veggies you have on hand could be added as well. Doubling the recipe would be easy, too. In fact, this recipe as posted allows you to do just that

Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage, Beans and Kale
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Whole Wheat Pasta with Sausage, Beans and Kale
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  1. Cook the pasta one minute less than the package directions, Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water before draining. Prepare the sauce while the pasta cooks.
  2. Cook the sausages in the broiler completely. When cool enough to handle slice 1/2 inch thick and set aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large fry pan over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook 3 - 4 minutes until softened. Add the kale and garlic and cook until the kale has wilted and the garlic is fragrant. This should take 4 - 5 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth and the sausage to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes or so. Add the beans and the reserved pasta water. Cook another 3-4 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Drain the pasta and add to the pan. Toss and cook for a minute or two to blend everything together. Serve topped with shaved Romano Cheese
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Penne with Sausage and Spinach Alfredo

Penne with Sausage and Spinach Alfredo
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Another quick and easy pasta dish. This is great for a quick supper. Use your favorite Italian Sausage. Sweet or Hot, Turkey or Chicken. Any sausage works well in this dish.
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4
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Penne with Sausage and Spinach Alfredo
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Another quick and easy pasta dish. This is great for a quick supper. Use your favorite Italian Sausage. Sweet or Hot, Turkey or Chicken. Any sausage works well in this dish.
Servings
4
Servings
4
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  1. Broil or grill the sausage links until cooked. Let cool until they can be handled, Slice into 1/2 inch "coins". Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. cook according to Package directions reducing the cooking time by a minute. Prepare the sauce while the pasta cooks.
  3. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring often 2 minutes until they begin to become fragrant. Watch carefully so the garlic doesn't brown and become bitter.
  4. Add the spinach and cook until the spinach is just wilted. Add the cream and cheese and cook over medium low heat stirring to melt the cheese and blend everything together.
  5. Return the sausage to the pan. Continue to simmer gently until mixture reduces slightly and begins to thicken.
  6. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the water. Add the pasta to the pan and toss to combine it with the sauce. Cook another minute or two. Add a little of the pasta water if the sauce seems to need it.
  7. Serve topped with the Parmesan cheese.
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Linguine with Salami and Zucchini

Linguine with Salami and Zucchini
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A quick and easy pasta dish that you can whip up after a day in the (Wine) country or a long day of work.
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Linguine with Salami and Zucchini
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A quick and easy pasta dish that you can whip up after a day in the (Wine) country or a long day of work.
Servings
4
Servings
4
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  1. Cook linguine in salted boiling water until Al Dente. While the pasta is cooking, heat a large frying pan and add the salami, zucchini, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently until the zucchini is soft and the salami is slightly frizzled. 7 minutes or so
  2. Add the cream and bring to a hard simmer, stirring frequently. This will prevent scorching. Continue to simmer and stir until slightly reduced. 5 - 8 minutes.
  3. Reserve 2 ladles of the pasta water then drain the pasta. Add the drained pasta to the fry pan. Toss to combine the pasta and sauce. Cook for about 3 minutes until the sauce comes together. Add in some of the reserved pasta water if the sauce seems tight.
  4. Add pepper to taste and serve topped with the grated cheese.
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