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Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Orecchiette PastaA recent test of this dish resulted in a good amount of leftovers in addition to satisfied diners. We’ve cut it down to about three servings here, so adjust to your needs as necessary.

What you’ll need:

  • 12 ounces of orecchiette pasta
  • 2 cups broccoli, steamed and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 cups cooked Italian sausage, browned
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup pesto, alfredo or other sauce of your choice
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add orecchiette pasta and cook until al dente; about 10 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water, strain.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add reserved water and all ingredients to pan and combine until pasta, broccoli and sausage are fully coated with the sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired, and serve!

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Tasteful Tuesday: Spinach and Sausage Tortellini

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

A hearty tortellini recipe to throw together any day of the week.

What you’ll need:

  • 16 ounces tortellini
  • 14 1/2 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups Italian sausage, cooked
  • 1 cup fresh spinach

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add tortellini and cook until tender (about 10 minutes). Drain.
  2. While the water is boiling and while the tortellini is cooking, combine tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt and pepper in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until the sauce begins to bubble.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, milk and heavy cream. Add to saucepan and stir. Sprinkle in Parmesan cheese and cooked sausage and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 2 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  4. Add tortellini and spinach to the sauce; stir to coat. Serve and enjoy!

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Tasteful Tuesday: Chicken Saltimbocca With Spinach & Potatoes

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

We recently tried this recipe from The Kitchn and had to pass it along. You can watch the video below or keep scrolling for a text version of the ingredients and directions (with some of our modifications).

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cut lengthwise into halfs
  • 2 teaspoon dried sage (fresh tastes best)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Chicken Saltimbocca With Spinach & Potatoes Recipe3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 12 ounces small potatoes (red or white),
    cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 (6-ounce) bag spinach
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 thin slices prosciutto
  • 6 ounces fontina cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. Pat the chicken with paper towels, then season both sides with the sage, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and pepper.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a 10-inch or larger cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the chicken in a single layer without crowding the pan, working in batches if needed. Sear the chicken until the bottom is browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the cutlets and continue searing until the other side is browned and the chicken is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes more. Transfer the cooked cutlets to a plate, tent with aluminum foil, and repeat cooking any remaining pieces.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the potatoes, season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, stir to coat with the oil, and arrange in a single layer. Cook until the bottoms just start to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip with a spatula and continue cooking until lightly browned and tender, about 3 minutes more. Stir in the spinach and garlic and cook until just wilted, about 2 minutes. In the oven, arrange a rack in the middle and turn on the broiler to high.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables in a single layer. Top each cutlet with a slice of prosciutto, then sprinkle with the cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 1 minute. Serve hot and enjoy!

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