Sunday, February 28, 2010

Farfalle with Turkey Sausage

Who doesn't love Giada De Laurentiis? One of the first presents Wes ever bought me was a dvd of Giada's cooking show - Everyday Italian because I could watch her on Food Network for hours on end. Her recipes are generally very easy and always very good. Now if only I believed she actually ate all of that delicious pasta she makes...

Some side notes - I used one whole package of Jenny O's sweet Italian sausage, but I have used her hot Italian sausage too, which is excellent for a little kick. Since they were out of hot sausage at the grocery store, I added a little red pepper when seasoning the meat. Additionally, the recipe says that the peas need to be slightly defrosted - well, I didn't do that and it turned out fine. Enjoy! - Allison Y.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 pound ground turkey sausage (removed from casing), sea salt and freshly ground black papper, 10 ounces baby bella mushrooms (coarsely chopped), 1 10 oz. package frozen peas (defrosted slightly), 1 pound dried farfalle pasta, 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

In a large pot, bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil. In a large saute pan over high heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season turkey with salt and pepper. Add turkey and saute breaking any large lumps until the meat is no longer pink. Remove meat from pan and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the pan and heat. Add chopped mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the liquid from the
mushrooms has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the peas and saute for 4 minutes. Return the meat to the pan and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

When the pot of water has come to a boil, add pasta and cook to package directions. Drain in a colander. Return the pasta to the pot and add the meat mixture. Combine thoroughly and gently cook over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Drizzle
in remaining olive oil. If the mixture is dry, add more olive oil! Chances are that you will need to. Check the seasoning. Turn off the heat and add the grated cheese. Stir well and serve in a large bowl.

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