Pistachio Mint Pesto

Traditionally speaking, I’m not the biggest pesto fan. I’m of course talking about the no frills basil and pine nut version. Maybe if I made my own I’d feel differently, but whenever I order something with pesto on it at a restaurant I don’t get that bright herby punch I’m expecting. I’ve made a couple unique pestoes on the blog before, Jalapeno and Beet, and we’ve loved both of them. The jalapeno one has been made multiple times already. And come to think of it, I have beets in the fridge right now without a planned future…

But today we’re talking about a new variety of pesto. One that exceeded my expectations! I had an abundance of mint and the internet at my fingertips. I decided to give this pesto twist a try and I am oh so glad I did! I don’t often work with pistachios, in fact, I tend to forget that they even exist. I don’t know why, they’re quite delicious!

I served the pesto over pasta originally. The leftovers brightened up my sandwiches during the week for lunch – I put cooked chicken, cheddar cheese, pesto, and spinach in a pita and gave it a quick toast in the toaster oven. Perfect.

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Pistachio Mint Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 C shelled pistachios
  • 1 C shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 C fresh mint
  • 1 C fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 C olive oil
  • juice 1 large lemon

Steps:

  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.

*This recipe is adapted from Denise at http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/09/pistachio-mint-pesto.htmlhttp://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/09/pistachio-mint-pesto.html*

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Pork Ramen with Mushrooms and Spinach

Would you believe me if I told you I’d never had ramen before making the recipe I’m sharing with you today? Well, it’s true! Even on a college dime I never tried it. I’ve always been a macaroni and cheese kind of girl, ever since I was a wee one. The kind in the blue box that’s 98 cents. Or if I’m feeling fancy, the liquid gold kind for 2 dollars a box. A guilty pleasure that I haven’t indulged in since we moved into our new place.

When we moved we decided that we’d go ahead and alter our diet a little bit. I don’t care much for a strict diet – there isn’t any gluten-free, paleo, or vegan-style eating in my house. What we discussed doing to eat a more healthy and balanced diet is to start cutting out processed foods. It’s a slow transition that’s taking place in my grocery shopping and until I feel completely settled in, it won’t be in full force. But, I haven’t bought those childhood favorites of mine. And I’m not buying those canned cinnamon rolls that we require every Sunday morning, either!

I feel like there are a lot of changes taking place and definitely a lot of “firsts.”

img_1624I just spent my first week “home alone” with the two boys while my husband was in Denver for work. To say I was scared would be an understatement. I’m happy to report that the three of us did survive, and with very minimal scarring. Treat decided it was high time to learn to stand the day Stuart left. At six months old! I expected the second child to do things more quickly to be able to keep up with the older sibling, but I was not prepared for things to happen this fast! He seems to only half master a skill before careening head first into the next milestone. At the age of 6 months he started to sit, started to army crawl, started to hands-and-knees crawl, mastered the army crawl, mastered sitting, pulled himself up, and started to scoot along the couch. If you ask me, that’s way too many things to discover in 4 short weeks. He needs to stop trying to be a toddler and just be a baby!

Among the “firsts” is my first taste of ramen noodles (not including the flavoring packet, just the noodles) and my first usage of miso in my own kitchen. Due to the enormous size container of miso, you’ll be seeing a bit more of the Japanese product on the blog in the future.Pork Ramen (components)

I loved the flavors of the roast pork tenderloin, sweet from the honey with the warm spiciness (not heat) from the Chinese 5 spice powder. It paired nicely with the subtly salty broth. I even actually ate the mushrooms in the soup – gasp! As for the ramen, I don’t think I’ve met a noodle I don’t like. For 12 cents and a 3 minute cook time, I’ll be looking to the Chinese noodle more often.

Pork Ramen with Mushrooms and Spinach

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce, divided use
  • 1 tbsp sherry
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 portabella mushroom cap, thinly sliced
  • 7 C chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp white miso
  • 6 C baby spinach
  • 3 pkgs (3 oz) ramen noodles, soup mix discarded
  • sliced scallions, for garnish

Steps:

  1. Put the pork in a large bowl and sprinkle with sugar, Chinese five-spice powder, and salt. Pour 2 tbsp of the soy sauce and the sherry over the pork as well. Let marinate at room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  3. Place pork on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes. Flip and roast another 15 minutes, or until an internal temperature of 145 degrees F is reached. Brush the pork with the honey and roast about 5 minutes, until pork is 155 degrees F. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook the onions until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook another 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock, remaining 2 tbsp soy sauce, and the miso. Bring soup to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the spinach to the soup until wilted.
  5. Cook ramen according to package instructions.
  6. Assemble: Divide the ramen among 4 shallow bowls, ladle soup over the noodles, and top with sliced pork. Garnish with scallions.

*This recipe is adapted from CookFresh Spring 2016*

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BBQ Pulled Pork Pasta

Once upon a time I saw a bbq spaghetti on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. I couldn’t shake the urge to try it, so when we had a lot of leftover pulled pork from the Super Bowl I knew I’d have to make some barbecue pasta sauce. Because I stored the leftover pork and sauce separately I used a bottled barbecue sauce instead of the Carolina BBQ for this recipe.

I just loved this mashup of cuisines. It takes your tastebuds a moment to get over the “culture shock” of a spicy, smokey, sweet sauce instead of the expected acidic tomato sauce.

I urge you, the next time you have leftover pulled pork, do something a little different and try this barbecue pasta instead!

BBQ Pulled Pork Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 C dry pasta
  • 1 C tomato sauce
  • 3/4 C barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 C water
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh basil (I used Gourmet Garden lightly dried herbs)
  • 2 C cooked, pulled pork
  • 2 scallions, sliced

Steps:

  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water, until al dente. Drain.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, water and tomato paste. Bring sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat. Stir in the herbs and pulled pork.
  3. Put drained pasta into the pasta sauce. Garnish with the scallions.

*This recipe is adapted from Anna at http://hiddenponies.com/2013/05/bbq-pulled-pork-pasta/*

BBQ Pulled Pork Pasta is a fantastic way to use up leftover pulled pork! From Sew You Think You Can Cook

#SundaySupper: Root Vegetables

Every year in our marriage we’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day by enjoying fondue. That’s what happens when you get two Fondue Makers! Sometimes I do a cheese, sometimes chocolate, and sometimes even both!

This year, our 5th married Valentine’s Day, was a little different. Our stay here in Ohio has been for schooling, my husband will earn his Masters degree at the end of the month. He successfully defended his thesis this week! This calendar year has been quite a stressful and busy one so far and I am quite ready to get my husband back. So, for Valentine’s Day this year I was reading Chapters 4 and 5 of his thesis, being a second set of eyes to check for content cohesion and grammatical quirks.

I woke up really early on Sunday, February 14th to go to the grocery store before the post-church crowds did their shopping to get everything I’d need for Caramelized Shallot Fondue and Champagne Poached Pears. I also found some Florida Strawberries! And then I got to the check out only to discover that they couldn’t sell me alcohol before noon.

We decided we’d go back to get the champagne later in the day but a snow storm derailed those plans. It was on to Plan B. No plan. The plan of, “What’s in the fridge?” Beets. Pine nuts. Crescent rolls. Pasta. Bacon.

An internet search yielded a Beet Pesto Pizza. We didn’t have any of the toppings but the pesto we could make and serve over pasta instead. (We did toss some bacon in our pasta, too!)

The result? A beautiful, deep pink pasta which turned out to be simply perfect for Valentine’s Day! My garnish of parsley makes this a great option for Christmas, too.

That long introduction leads us to the theme for today’s #SundaySupper hosted by Cindy of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings, root vegetables. We contemplated adding some sweet potato to the pesto, but were too afraid of the color that might result. There are some great ideas for how to prepare a wide variety of root vegetables in today’s round-up, simply scroll past my photo to check them out!

Beet Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 large beet, peeled and diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss beet and garlic in a little bit of olive oil. Season with S+P. Place on a baking sheet and roast 20-30 minutes, or until tender. (Note: roasting time will depend on size of dice.)
  3. When slightly cooled, place in a food processor and pulse until fine. Add the pine nuts and olive oil and puree until smooth. Season to taste with S+P.
  4. Option: Serve on pasta with parmesan and parsley.

Beet Pesto for #Sunday Supper from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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#FoodieExtravaganza: Noodles

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Can we take a moment and freak out a little bit about how it’s already March? I know February is a short month, but I feel like we just celebrated those #FoodieExtravaganza pies!

Each month we take turns hosting and selecting a foodie holiday associated with that month; March includes Noodle Month, Celery Month, and Frozen Food Month. Today we’re celebrating noodles! Thanks to our host, Lauren of From Gate to Plate, for not picking celery. 😉

The noodle I am featuring in my recipe today are the classic elbow macaroni. But that’s all that’s classic about this dish! This macaroni and cheese is a guy’s dream – bacon and beer! I made this indulgent pasta for my husband’s birthday earlier this year. It would make for a wonderful Father’s Day meal, too.

Having beer in the cheese sauce really reminded me of fondue! I don’t care for beer, but it works amazingly well in macaroni and cheese! Especially when there’s a crust of bacon on top.

This recipe makes way more than the two servings quoted in the original recipe. I’d go ahead and say this macaroni would feed 4-6!

Beer and Bacon Mac & Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 C dry elbow noodles
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 C milk
  • 1 bottle (12 oz) beer
  • 1 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 C shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 C panko bread crumbs
  • 8 strips center cut bacon, cooked and crumbled

Steps:

  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water until barely al dente, about a minute less than the recommended cooking time. Drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook until golden. Add the milk and beer, whisking continuously. Slowly add the cheeses and stir until melted. Cook, stirring, 6 minutes until thickened. Season with the paprika, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and nutmeg.
  4. Add cooked noodles to the cheese sauce.
  5. Divide macaroni between ramekins or use a casserole dish.
  6. Combine the panko and cooked bacon. Top the macaroni.
  7. Bake until bubbly and the crust is golden, about 20 minutes. Allow macaroni to cool 5 minutes before serving.

*This recipe is adapted from Melanie at http://melaniemakes.com/blog/2014/02/bacon-crusted-beer-mac-and-cheese.html*

Bacon and Beer Mac & Cheese for #FoodieExtravaganza from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Be sure to check out these other recipes involving noodles:

One Pot Garlic Pasta by From Gate to Plate
Haluski (Fried Cabbage & Noodles) by Making Miracles
Homemade Chinese Noodles by Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Spicy Shrimp with Peanut Noodles by cookinandcraftin
Sopa Seca de Fideo – Spicy Mexican Noodles by Food Lust People Love
Green Bean and Squash Laksa by Caroline’s Cooking
Kakaós Tészta (Hungarian Cocoa Noodles) by Tara’s Multicultural Table
MiMi’s Baked Ziti by Cooking With Carlee
Tortellini and Tomato Salad by The Freshman Cook
Homemade Noodles by Our Good Life
Tossed Homemade Macaroni Noodles by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Soft Noodles with Veggies and Poached Egg by G’Gina’s Kitchenette

If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza. We would love to have you! If you’re a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE.

Sausage Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese is one of those comfort foods that everyone seems to have a soft spot for. I know it’s one of my guilty pleasures. I say that because I still (in my upper 2os) prefer the highly processed boxed macaroni to a homemade pasta. I think what I don’t care for is a baked casserole dish of mac and cheese. I don’t care for the extra cheese or breadcrumb crust on top and baked noodle dishes to me always seem dry.

But I do give a “fancy” mac and cheese a chance every now and then. And when one is a stove-top version of the comfort food I’m more inclined to give it a try. Especially when cream cheese is one of the ingredients!

And with sausage being a main ingredient I know that my husband would definitely approve. That makes this pasta a main dish and not a side.

Sausage Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb uncooked macaroni noodles
  • 2 links Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 1/4 C milk
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 C shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 C cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Steps:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a large, high-sided skillet over medium-high heat cook the sausage, breaking it up.
  3. In a measuring cup, whisk together the milk and flour. Add to the skillet and bring to a boil, whisking continuously. Reduce to a simmer and whisk in the cheeses, spices, and salt to taste. Stir until cheese is melted.
  4. Add cooked pasta to the skillet, coating it in the sauce.

*This recipe is adapted from Deborah at http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/cheesy-goodness/*

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#SundaySupper: Fall Flavors

It is officially Autumn and to celebrate the Sunday Supper crew has assembled a menu of Fall flavors. If you are looking for all things pumpkin, apple, and sweet potato scroll on past my recipe for a wonderful collection of Autumn inspired dishes. Thank you to the Sunday Supper Movement for hosting today’s event.

Today’s Sunday Supper is a fun one for me because my newest recruit to the Sunday Supper family is posting her first recipe with us today -Tara, of Tara’s Multicultural Table! I have been encouraging Tara to join this group since my first Sunday back in February. Of course, the birth of her second child (my beautiful Goddaughter!) was a valid excuse to stay away from the extra blogging commitment. I’m sure my Sunday Supper participation will be on a slight decline come November when I, too, add “mother of two” to my resume.

Not only am I excited that Tara’s joining Sunday Supper today, but when this event was announced over a month ago I knew exactly what I’d be sharing. One of Tara’s recipes – that I modified to accommodate my allergies.

Tara posted a recipe for Pumpkin Alfredo two years ago and my mouth has always watered looking at it. But, I can’t have pumpkin. I finally decided to make it with sweet potato, instead. We first ate this Sweet Potato Alfredo back in March on a bare fridge/pantry night. I served it with egg noodles and some sliced smoked pork sausage. That’s the version pictured below. I have also served this with ground Italian sausage and fettuccine.

Sweet Potato Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp butter or olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 C chicken stock
  • 1/2 C sweet potato puree
  • 1 1/4 C heavy cream
  • 1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese

Steps:

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, saute garlic in olive oil until fragrant. Add in the chicken stock and scrape the bottom of the pan if needed. Add the sweet potato puree and heavy cream, whisking until smooth. Bring to a gentle boil. Melt in Parmesan. Season to taste with S+P.
  2. Serve over cooked pasta (tortellini, ravioli, linguine, etc). Add cooked meats if desired (sausage, chicken, etc). Note: reserve some pasta cooking water if sauce gets too thick.

*This recipe is modified from Tara at http://tarasmulticulturaltable.com/tortellini-with-pumpkin-alfredo/*

Sweet Potato Alfredo for #SundaySupper from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Check out A Guide to Apples plus Best Fall Recipes Ideas for #SundaySupper and this week’s recipe collection:

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Roasted Tomato Sauce

If you have an over abundance of tomatoes like so many of my friends do, you’re probably looking for ways to preserve them (or simply pawning them off on anyone you see walking down the street).

I don’t personally have this “problem” because I don’t have a garden. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a garden – both my husband and I have black thumbs. Maybe some day I’ll give it an attempt? In 6 years?

Anywho…

My generous neighbors handed me a shopping bag full of freshly picked roma tomatoes so I decided to make a simple sauce for my lasagna.

Roasted Tomato Sauce (before) | Sew You Think You Can Cook

When I say simple, I mean simple! There’s no peeling of the tomatoes required! Simply slice the tomatoes in half and remove the innards, strain the juice, toss them in a pan with some basil, onion, garlic, olive oil, and the reserved juice. Roast and puree. That’s it!

This recipe makes approximately 1 qt tomato sauce.

Roasted Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 28 roma tomatoes
  • 9 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch fresh basil (0.66 oz carton)
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • olive oil
  • 1-3 tsp balsamic vinegar, to taste

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Stem tomatoes and cut them in half. Remove the seeds and strain out the juices.
  3. Place tomatoes in a 9×13 casserole dish or cake pan. Distribute garlic cloves among the tomatoes. Peel and roughly chop the onion, add to the tomatoes. Add the basil leaves. Season generously with S+P.
  4. Pour the reserved tomato juice into the pan. Drizzle with a little olive oil.
  5. Roast 35 minutes.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, place tomatoes in a blender. Blitz the tomatoes until almost smooth. Add the tomato paste and balsamic and blend until desired texture is achieved. (If you can’t get it smooth enough, transfer sauce to a large bowl and use an immersion blender.)

*This recipe is adapted from Kate at http://www.wonderfullifefarm.blogspot.com/2012/08/easy-homemade-spaghetti-sauce-from.html*

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#FoodieExtravaganza: Mushrooms

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This month’s #FoodieExtravaganza theme is mushrooms. TheFoodie Extravaganza is a monthly party hosted by bloggers who love food! Each month we incorporate one main ingredient or theme into recipes to share with you. Thanks to Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm for hosting this month.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure I was going to participate in today’s event as I’m not a mushroom lover. I didn’t rule it out completely though because my husband and son quite enjoy them.

A couple of weekends ago I had quite a lot on my schedule in preparation for a game night I was hosting (making fresh lemonade, baking this cake, and mixing roasted almonds) so my husband took our son out of the house and went to a grocery store that specializes in fresh, mostly organic foods. They came home with all sorts of great produce, including mushrooms.

I guess it was just meant to be that I participate in today’s Foodie Extravaganza!

I decided to also utilize another fresh produce grab, Brussels sprouts, in a creamy pasta dish that even this mushroom hater could enjoy. At the request of my husband I added Italian sausage to the dish, too. It was this ingredient addition that meant I couldn’t pick around the mushrooms and I ate most of them without worry. So, if you’ve got some picky family members who dislike mushrooms, you can easily hide them in this hearty entree! I’d consider it a success – all three of us enjoyed this for dinner and lunch the next day.

An Original Recipe

Ravioli with Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 18 oz cheese ravioli
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided use
  • 2 links Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 C chopped mushrooms (I used baby bellas)
  • 2 C sliced Brussels sprouts
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 C chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 C milk, at room temperature (I used whole)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 – 1 C shredded Parmesan, to taste

Steps:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook ravioli according to package directions. Strain, reserving some of the cooking liquid.
  2. In a Dutch oven, or other large pot, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook the sausage, breaking it up. When fully cooked remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Add remaining tbsp olive oil and the butter to the pot. Saute mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, and rosemary until tender, about 8 minutes. Season with S+P. Add the garlic and cook another 60 seconds, until fragrant. Deglaze the pot with the chicken stock and cook until the liquid has evaporated.
  4. In a measuring cup whisk together the milk and flour. Slowly add the milk to the pot, stirring to prevent lumps. Bring to a gentle boil and melt in the cheese. Season with addition S+P if needed. Add in the cooked ravioli and sausage. If the sauce is too thick, add some of the reserved pasta water.

Ravioli with Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts for #FoodieExtravaganza from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Be sure to check out the rest of these mushroom recipes:

Cheesy Mushroom Chicken by Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Chicken and Mushroom Stuffed Crepes by Cooking with Carlee

Crusted Seafood Mushroom Caps by The Freshman Cook

Duxelles by Food Lust People Love

Marinated Mushrooms by Making Miracles

Mushroom and Chorizo Ragu by Cookin’ and Craftin’

Mushroom Bread Pudding by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Mushroom Leek Chinese Dumplings by The Joyful Foodie

Mushroom Stroganoff with Herb Spaetzle by Caroline’s Cooking

Mushroom Zoodles and Cheese;by Brunch with Joy

Portabella and Butternut Squash Crepes by Cherishing A Sweet Life

Rántott Gomba – Hungarian Fried Mushrooms by Tara’s Multicultural Table

Shiitake Bruschetta by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

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Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Sausage

Up until I discovered this pasta recipe, I never knew what to do with leftover ricotta cheese. I actually wasn’t quite sure if I even cared for ricotta outside of ravioli filling and lasagna layers. This quick recipe has changed how I feel about ricotta! I will be more open to other uses of ricotta. I now never worry about if the container I bought is too big because if I can’t find something else to do with it, I can make this pasta. Something I have done four times already (once without the meat, too!)

IMG_2976I chose to use veggie fusilli pasta in an effort to “sneak” veggies into my son’s mouth. (I know it doesn’t yield the best photographs.) He has loved this pasta each and every time. He now doesn’t discriminate against certain colored pasta, but the first time we enjoyed this dish he picked his way around the green spinach noodles. I also added Italian sausage as I knew my husband wouldn’t consider this a real meal. Feel free to omit the sausage (increase the garlic to 1 tbsp and saute very quickly in the oil. Add the entire garlicky oil mix to the ricotta sauce) if you prefer and make this a great side dish.

Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Sausage

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 links Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb fusilli pasta
  • 1 C ricotta cheese
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • juice of 1 lemon

Steps:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.
  2. In a small skillet, brown the sausage over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks. When the sausage is almost cooked through, add the garlic and saute another minute or two. Remove from heat and set aside, draining any extra fat if needed.
  3. In a bowl whisk together ricotta, cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, and season to taste with S+P.
  4. In a large bowl toss together pasta, sausage, and ricotta sauce.

*This recipe is adapted from Cooking from the Farmers’ Market*

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