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4 seervings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots diced
1/2 pound Swiss chard {about 1 bunch}
2 garlic cloves, finely grated
½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
¼ cup dry white wine
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 lb pkg potato gnocchi (fresh, frozen, or shelf-stable all work)
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Grated Parmesan cheese for serving
4 sweet Italian sausage links

Directions

Wash chard well, remove stems, and cut leaves into smaller pieces. Place in a colander and set aside.

In a Dutch oven or large deep skillet with a cover, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage links and brown on all sides. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Add shallots and cook until tender about 3 minutes.

Stir in garlic, thyme, and a large pinch of salt and black pepper, and sauté about 1 minute longer.

Add wine, scraping up the brown bits at the bottom of the pot, and let the wine reduce by half, 2 minutes.

Pour in stock and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and bring to a simmer.

Stir in gnocchi, browned sausage links, and chard leaves. Cook, partly covered, for 15 minutes, over low heat until the chard is soft. Stir several times to keep the gnocchi from sticking to the pan.

Stir in the red pepper flakes, remove from the heat.

Taste and add more salt, if needed. Serve in pasta bowls with grated cheese on the side.

 


 

4 servings

Ingredients

4 tablespoons olive oil
2 lbs of mixed Italian hot and sweet sausage, each link cut in half
2 large Russet Potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
4 large bell peppers, long hots, or any kind you prefer, seeded and cut into strips
2 medium sweet onions, cut in quarters
4 cloves garlic or leave whole
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Pour the olive oil into a large baking pan and scatter the garlic cloves in the pan.
Layer the ingredients in the following way
Potato wedges and onion wedges. Sprinkle with salt pepper and half the Italian seasoning. Next spread the peppers on top and season with salt pepper and the remaining Italian seasoning. Place the sauce on top.

Place the pan in the oven and bake, uncovered, for 60-75 minutes. The vegetables should be cooked through and the sausages will be brown. Serve with crusty Italian bread.


 

Ingredients

For the Pizza

1 lb whole milk mozzarella cheese, cut into thin slices
1 lb pizza dough, store-bout or homemade, at room temperature
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Olive oil

For Homemade Dough

1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup lukewarm water
3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

 

Roasted Sausage, Mushroom, Tomaro Sauce

2 cups roasted cherry tomatoes {see recipe}
3 Spicy Italian Sausage links, casing removed, and meat broken into small pieces
2 cups sliced mushrooms

Directions

For the dough

Combine all the ingredients for the dough in the large bowl of an electric mixer and with The paddle attachment mix until the ingredients come together around the paddle. Attach the dough hook and knead the dough for 5-6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Oil a medium baking dish and combine the sauce ingredients, by mixing well. Roast the sauce until the sausage meat is fully cooked. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool down,

Raise the oven temperature to 500 degrees F and place the oven rack on the lowest shelf in the oven.

 

For the pizza

Prepare the crust: flour your hands lightly and pat the dough evenly into a lightly oiled 16″ pizza pan.

Brush the dough lightly with olive oil.
Cover the dough with the sliced mozzarella.
Spread the sauce over the cheese.
Bake the pizza on the bottom rack of the oven for 15 -18 minutes, until the crust is lightly brown.

Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

 


 

Escarole, Beans and Sauswage Bowl

 

 

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. Italian sausage links, any type, cut on the diagonal into ¼-inch pieces
4 cloves garlic, chopped
Half an onion, diced
3 (15-oz.) cans cannellini beans, drained or 3 cups cooked dried beans {see recipe below}
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1 Large Head Escarole, chopped
1 Cup Chicken Stock
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon Calabrian Chili Paste
Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions

Wash the escarole well. Drain in a colander until needed/

Heat the oil in a large wide pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook until brown all over, 12–15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausages to a plate, leaving fat in the pot.

 

Reduce heat to medium-low, add onion and garlic, and cook for 3 minutes.

Add beans and their liquid, increase heat to medium-high, and add the chopped escarole. Cook until the greens are wilted and tender, about 10=15 minutes.

Add the browned sausages, chili paste, Italian seasoning, and salt to taste. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer briefly. Serve with grated cheese and Italian bread.

 

How I Cook Dried Beans

Ingredients

8 ounces (1 cup) of dried beans
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon powder
1 small onion, cut in half
2 garlic cloves, lightly smashed
3 to 4 fresh thyme sprigs or ½ teaspoon dried
1 bay leaf
½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

Directions

Place the beans in a large saucepan, add enough cool water to cover by 1½ inches, and soak overnight at room temperature. Discard any beans that are broken, off-colored, or floating.

Add the bouillon, onion, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf. Bring to a low boil over moderate heat, then reduce the heat to low. Cook the beans at a bare simmer until they are just tender but not mushy, about 1 hour–they should hold their shape; do not allow them to boil, or they will become tough. Halfway through the cooking time, stir in the salt.
Remove the onion, thyme, and bay leaf. Use the cooked beans and their liquid in your recipes.


 

Ingredients

¼ cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves smashed
1 lb Italian sausage links
2 medium onions, quartered
2 bell peppers, slices
8 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut in half
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
Salt to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 425° F (220° C).
Pour the oil into a 9×13-inch baking dish and add the smashed garlic. Place the potatoes and onions in the baking dish first/ Aff the papers and then the sausage. Sprinkle the mixture with the Oregon, chili flakes, and salt to taste. Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 ½ hours, stirring the ingredients twice during the baking time. When done the sausage and potatoes should be golden brown. Serve in individual bowls.


 

Ingredients

¼ to 1/3 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, diced
1 medium white onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
4 stalks of celery, diced
2 stems fresh rosemary and 2 stems fresh thyme
1 dried bay leaf
2 cans Undrained cannellini beans, or 3 cups cooked dried white beans with cookies liquid
2 tablespoons tomato paste
15 oz can chopped Italian tomatoes
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon powder
1 lb spicy Italian sausage, cut into ½ inch slices
1/2 lb chicken tenders, each cut in thirds

Directions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat the oil in a medium Dutch Oven. Brown the sausage and remove to a bowl. Add a little more oil if needed and brown the chicken. Remove to the bowl with the sausage.

 

Add the vegetables to the pot, stirring frequently, and cook until tender. Add remaining ingredients, 1 at a time. Bring to a simmer and transfer to the oven, Bake for 45 to 60 minutes until thickened slightly. Remove the herbs. Serve with crispy Ciabatta bread.


Ingredients

1 lb of Italian rope sausage with herbs
10 oz whole baby yellow potatoes
3 Italian long {frying} peppers, seeded cut into strips
1 medium onion cut into eighths
3 cloves sliced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil

Directions

Oil a large baking dish.

Arrange the sausage rope in the center of the dish and top it with peppers, onions, and potatoes

Arrange the vegetables and garlic evenly over the sausage and the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper over the ingredients. Drizzle with olive oil.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 90 minutes. after 60 minutes of baking time lift the sausage up with tongs and place it on top of the vegetables. This step browns the sausage. Serve with some ciabatta bread to sop up the delicious sauce that comes from baking the ingredients.


TI cut the recipe in half because the full recipe is too much for two people. The full recipe is good for entertaining I make the entire sauce recipe and save half for another time and I used an 8×8 inch baking dish. Serve the pasta with some cooked sausage and a salad.

Ingredients

For the sauce:
1 lb Italian sausage links
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
5 cups canned, finely diced tomatoes (about 46 ounces)
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper

For assembly:
1 pound dried ziti or penne pasta
1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (about 2 cups), divided

Directions

For the sauce:
Heat the oil in a large pot and lightly brown the sauce links. Add the garlic and onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add the remaining sauce ingredients, stir well and bring to a simmer. Partially cover the pan and cook the sauce until thickened, about 1 hour.

Heat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray

Cook the pasta al dente and drain.

Cook the pasta. When the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook until just tender. While the pasta is cooking, make the ricotta filling.

Make the ricotta filling. Stir the ricotta, egg, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan,1/2 of the mozzarella cheese, and salt together in a small bowl; set aside.

Return the pasta to the now-empty pot. Add half of the sauce (about 3 cups) and stir until the pasta is well-coated. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

Transfer half of the pasta into a 9×13-inch baking dish and spread it into an even layer. Spread the ricotta filling over the pasta.

Top with the remaining pasta in an even layer.

Pour the remaining sauce over the pasta and spread it into an even layer. Sprinkle the surface evenly with the remaining mozzarella and the remaining Parmesan.

Bake uncovered until the edges are bubbling and the cheese is completely melted and browned in spots, about 30 minutes.


 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Italian sausage or chorizo link, diced
2 teaspoons achiote paste or 1/2 teaspoon Sweet Spanish paprika,
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
11/2 cup seafood or vegetable broth
1/2 of a large onion, chopped
1/2 cup Spanish {Bomba{ or other shirt grain rice, soaked in water for 20 minutes and then drained
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 large pinch of Spanish saffron threads soaked in 1/4 cup of water
Salt
1 large Roma tomato, chopped
3 oz diced bell pepper
12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
6 oz bay scallops
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions

In a large deep pan or cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil. Turn the heat to medium-high and add the sausage and chopped onions. Saute the mixture for 5 minutes then add the rice, and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring regularly.

Add the chopped garlic and broth r. Stir in the saffron and its soaking liquid, achiote paste or paprika, cayenne pepper, Aleppo pepper, and salt. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and bell peppers. Bring to a boil and let the liquid slightly reduce, then cover (with a lid or tightly with foil) and cook on low heat for 25 minutes.

Uncover and spread the shrimp over the rice, pushing it into the rice slightly. Add a little water if needed. Cover and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Add the scallops and recover, cook, or until the shrimp turns pink.
Garnish with parsley.

This is a complete meal, but you could add a salad and crusty bread if you wish.

 


Ingredients

Make this sauce ahead and refrigerate it. This step will save you time when you cook the meal.

Sauce
Half a medium yellow onion minced
3 cloves garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
One 28 oz can of finely chopped Italian tomatoes
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 bay leaf
Sea salt to taste
8 leaves of basil torn

Additions
8 oz Italian sausage, sliced thin
1 cup diced onions
2 cups diced green bell peppers
1 tablespoon olive oil
17.6 oz package of Calamarata Italian pasta {Large oval pasta rings, see photo} or any short pasta you like
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

In a large heavy-bottom saucepan heat the olive oil and saute the onion with a pinch of sea salt until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and let them cook only for a few seconds until you can smell them and don’t get any color on them.

Add the tomatoes and bay leaf and partially cover it with a lid. Allow the sauce to simmer away on low flame for about 1 hour until thick and concentrated in flavor. Make sure to stir often, every 10 minutes or so, making sure the sugars in the tomatoes do not burn.

Turn off the flame and season to your taste with the sea salt. Stir in the fresh basil leaves.

In a deep skillet or dutch Oven, heat the oil and saute the sausage until brown and cooked thoroughly. Agg the peppers and onions and saute until tender. Add the prepared sauce and heat the mixture until completely hot.

Cook the pasta until al dente, about 12 minutes. With a large spider, scoop the pasta up and place it in the sauce. Heat the pasta in the sauce for about 2 minutes. Stir in the cheese and spoon it into individual pasta bowls. Serve with breadsticks and a green salad.



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