Monday, April 1, 2013

Weeknight Dinner: Sausage & Pea Pasta

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Bear with me here cause I know this sounds weird.  Gosh I almost wrote “bare”.  That would have been even more awkward than peas and pasta.  Good catch!  Anyway, we’re here to talk about peas and pasta which I thought was so weird until I had a conversation with my Dad.  If you know my Dad you know he’s a pretty amazing person, but he’s very quiet.

When he says something, I usually listen because it means it must be important.  So when he heard I was making this pasta he actually got on the phone and told me about how Grandma used to make peas and pasta.  Dad’s mom passed away my second year of college and while we were close (she used to call at 11 p.m. every Saturday night and would remark to my mom how I always sounded “so happy”…what are most college kids doing at that time?  Exactly.) 

Anyway, I wasn’t old enough and she was too old by then to really share any food or recipe tips.  So, her amazing cooking lives on through my dad who happily shared how grandma often stirred peas into her red sauce.  With that insight into my dad’s childhood and my grandmother’s life, I felt like my grandma was watching over us when I made this dish.  And I think it made her pretty proud; it made me pretty full!
Sausage and Pea Pasta (adapted from Giada de Laurentis)
Serves:  6
1 pound fettuccine
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 hot Italian turkey sausage links, casing removed
1 pound frozen peas, thawed
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons white pepper
1 tablespoon dried basil leaves (or Italian Seasoning)
1/4 cup Romano cheese

Heat a large pot of water over high heat until boiled.  Add the pasta and let it cook according to package directions.  Drain and reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic over medium heat, until fragrant, about 30 - 60 seconds.  Add the sausage and break it up into bite-sized pieces.  Cook over medium-high heat until the sausage browns, about 5-8 minutes.  With a slotted spoon remove the sausage and set aside.  Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the peas to the pan.  Use the back of a wooden spoon to smash the peas and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Turn off the heat.  Add ricotta and cooked pasta, tossing to coat.  Add the water in tablespoon additions, if needed to keep the pasta moist.  Add the sausage, salt, pepper, basil, and cheese.  Stir gently and spoon into 6 bowls.  Serve immediately. 

Until the next time my oven is on...

 


15 comments:

  1. Love the new look! Great recipe too!

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    1. Thanks Lisa :) such a fun and good recipe for spring!

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  2. The new design is gorgeous and so is the recipe!

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    1. Thank you Karen for your wonderful support - it's blogs like yours that inspire me to continue to push myself!

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  3. I love my grandma's recipes and tricks. Her recipe books are very dear to my heart. Your pea pasta sounds yummy!

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    1. Heather - I agree! What a great memory that others can leave us - my mom is doing this now with her old recipes and I hope to continue the tradition (one day...)

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  4. Um....I'm making this immediately.

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    1. YAY I hope you like it and I don't have to read a hilarious, yet unhappy post about it later ;)

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  5. Love the new look! And, this pasta sounds fabulous.

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    1. Thanks! I have been loving your meals lately too :)

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  6. It looks great! The site and the dish :)

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    1. Thanks so much :) you will love the dish - I promise :)

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  7. Love the idea of peas in pasta! They have a little bit of creaminess to them that I bet is great. Plus it livens it up a little.

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    1. Yes Reeni - weird but true, it actually works together.

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