Monday, April 20, 2009

Baked Sausage Pasta Party

So, we had my mom and sister in town for Easter (two weekends ago), and made a “Baked Pasta with Spicy Tomato and Sausage Sauce.” It’s from a cookbook the Mrs. got a year or two ago called Seriously Simple (I think they sold it at Anthropologie?).

It’s a pretty simple recipe and starts off by browning some Italian Sausage in a Dutch oven (or trusty Le Creuset). The recipe said to keep on cookin’ with the rendered sausage fat (flavor!), but I went ahead and drained it. Looking back, I’m thinking this would have been tastier with the grease. I mean, if I was gonna eat an Italian Sausage on a bun, I wouldn’t drain it first, right?

After you brown the sausage, you basically add Onion, Garlic, Pesto and Marinara sauce and simmer for 20 minutes or so. Then you throw in baby spinach, cooked Penne/Rigatoni, and diced Mozzarella or Smoked Gouda cheese (next time I’d shred it). Have any of you (ones of readers) ever bought Smoked Gouda cheese?? It smells like Summer Sausage which is AWESOME!!

You top it with Parmigiano/Reggiano and throw it in the oven at 375 for 30 minutes or so. This recipe makes a ton of food, so we ended up freezing a smaller (loaf pan) portion for us later.


MIMI said...

Well, that sounds and looks mighty tasty! Wish we were there to sample it - keep those recipes coming... love reading about your exploits in the kitchen!

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jccvi said...

Since you have a Le Creuset (if only I had known what to ask for when we got married!), have you tried Mark Bittman's no knead bread recipe?

It's really easy, and a great way to impress people with very little effort. You can end up with seriously good rustic bread.

Just google "Bittman no knead bread" and the recipe should come right up. I made some with just yeast, flour, salt, and water a few weeks ago and it was a big hit.
Last weekend I did it with cheddar cheese and jalapenos and it came out even better.

Just a word of advice, that pot gets really hot in a 500 oven. I have the "lad" from an all clad pan branded on my thumb to prove it.

A said...

JC6, that NYT recipe/article looks really really good. i told the Mrs. about it at lunch today and we'll see if we can't try it out in the next week or two!

jccvi said...

People will treat you like a bread wizard.

Ma said... one of your guests who had this "delicious dish:......Ive since created it..last night!..THAT MUCH FURTHER PHIS! the smoked gouda is awesome!