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Tasteful Tuesday: Chicken Sesame Pasta Salad

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Sesame & Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopThis fun, Asian-inspired pasta salad will be a great backyard party food contender this summer. It’s also a great dish for making up at the start of busy weeks throughout the year, when you have to rely on quick, but hearty meals (leftovers!).

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 16 ounces bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
    (we recommend seasoning with black
    pepper, garlic salt and a pinch of red pepper)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • Broccoli, red pepper, snap peas or other
    vegetables can be added if desired.

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds and stir until lightly toasted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for about 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Pour into a large bowl.
  3. In a container with a sealing lid, combine sesame seeds, vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, ginger and pepper. Shake well and pour over pasta. Toss until pasta is evenly coated.
  4. Mix in chicken, cilantro, carrots and green onion (and any more vegetables, if desired) and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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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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