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Pappardelle With Sweet Italian Sausage, Mozzarella, And Fresh Basil

Sweet Italian Sausage, Mozzarella, And Basil Over Pappardelle (2)

Sweet Italian Sausage, Mozzarella, and Basil Over Pappardelle

Great quality ingredients are what make this pasta dish delicious. A good white wine, unsalted chicken stock, and the pasta cooking liquid are what pull the sauce together for this dish. It’s really just about keeping it simple. This is my Pappardelle With Sweet Italian Sausage, Mozzarella, And Fresh Basil.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: small sauté pan with a glass lid, indoor grill pan, a rondeau (deep-sided frying/braising pan), 6-quart saucepot, colander, heavy grill press

Ingredients:
1 pound of sweet Italian sausage grilled and sliced
1 pound of Pappardelle
8 ounces of fresh Mozzarella, 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 leek, (about 1 cup) cleaned and thinly sliced into half-moons
1/2 cup of red onion, finely diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup, each, of red, yellow, and orange bell peppers finely diced
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 cup white wine, Pino Grigio
1 1/2 cups of unsalted chicken stock
1 cup of fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons of flat-leaf Italian parsley finely chopped

Directions:
Prep all the vegetables first. Clean and slice the leeks, finely dice the red onion, bell peppers, and mince the garlic. Transfer all the vegetables to a large plate and set aside.

Prep the fresh herbs and dice the fresh Mozzarella cheese into 1-inch cubes. Transfer into 2 small bowls. Set aside.

To prepare the sausage, prick each of the links with a fork approx. three times on each side. Place the links into a small sauté pan. Cover with 1/2 cup of unsalted chicken broth. Turn the heat to medium-high and cover. Poach the sausage links in the broth for about 10 minutes or until links are no longer pink and the internal temperature reads 150-degrees F.

Transfer the sausage links to a plate. Preheat an indoor grill pan over medium-high heat. Arrange all the sausage links on the grill pan. Place a grill press over the links to ensure even grilling. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes, per side. Once all the links have grill marks on both sides transfer the links again to a plate. Carefully remove the hot grill pan from the stovetop. Slice the grilled links on a bias and transfer to a bowl.

In a preheated large rondeau (deep-sided frying/braising pan) over medium-high heat, add in the olive oil, dried oregano, fennel seeds, and crushed red pepper flakes. Add the sliced leeks to the pan stirring frequently. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until soft.

Next, add in the diced red onion and bell peppers. Season with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Continue cooking for 3 to 5 minutes or until all the veggies soften. Finally, add the minced garlic, stir through and cook for 1 minute more.

Have a pot of salted boiling water ready on the back burner.

Add white wine, unsalted chicken stock, and grilled sliced sausage. Bring everything up to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, simmer for another 10 minutes.

In the meantime, drop the pasta. Cook the pasta, to al dente, following the instructions on the package, usually about 10 minutes.

Once the pasta is al dente, using a pair of tongs transfer the pasta to the pan containing the grilled sausage and vegetables. Toss the pasta through. The pasta may absorb most of the liquid. If this is the case, add 1 or 2 ladles of the starchy pasta cooking liquid and toss. Turn the heat off, and transfer to a large serving platter. Add the diced fresh mozzarella basil leaves, and finely chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

There you have it, Pappardelle With Sweet Italian Sausage, Mozzarella, And Fresh Basil.

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Pappardelle With Chicken Sausage Meatballs

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Thanks to my mom and grandmother, I’ve learned so much about the art of making great meatballs. The one important thing that they both told me was not to overwork the meat when adding in the flavorings. Well, keeping that in mind, I went one better. I came to the conclusion, that if you mix all the wet ingredients along with the spices first, then add in the meat, there was less likelihood of over mixing. This is my Pappardelle With Chicken Sausage Meatballs. 

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Prep Time: 30 minutes (time includes making the meatballs and dicing the onions and garlic for the sauce)
Cook Time For Meatballs: 25 minutes
Cook Time For Tomato Sauce: 45 minutes
Yields: 22 golf-size meatballs
Equipment: 2 rimmed baking sheet pans lined with parchment paper, large 6-quart Dutch oven,6-quart saucepot,  2 large mixing bowls, colander, cookie-dough scoop, olive oil cooking spray

Ingredients For Meatballs:
olive oil cooking spray
1 pound of sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 pound of ground chicken
1/4 cup of fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup of fresh basil pesto (store-bought fresh pesto can be found in the refrigerated section where you find the fresh pasta and sauces)
1/4 cup of  Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 cup of plain Panko bread crumbs
1/2 a cup of seasoned Italian bread crumbs
3 cloves of garlic, freshly grated
2 large eggs, beaten
5 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup of Ricotta cheese, room temperature
1 cup of half-and-half (start with 3/4 cup until you get the consistency of wet sand)

Ingredients For Tomato Sauce:
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 diced onion
3 cloves of minced garlic
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 cup of unsalted chicken broth
1 28-ounce can of San Marzano whole tomatoes
1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
1 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for the pasta (reserve some for garnish)
1/4 cup of fresh basil, julienned

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
Start in a large mixing bowl, by adding all the ingredients that will flavor the meat, mix to combine. The mixture needs to have the consistency of wet sand as shown in the above picture.

In another large mixing bowl, containing the ground chicken (a mixture of dark and white meat) and sweet Italian sausage add the flavoring mixture. Use a fork to evenly distribute the flavoring mixture throughout the meat. It does take a minute, but it will ensure there’s no chance the meat will become compacted compared to if you were to use your hands to combine the ingredients.

To ensure the meatballs are the same size use a large cookie-dough scoop as seen in the above picture. This yielded about 22 golf-size ball meatballs. On two rimmed baking sheet pans lined with parchment paper lightly spray olive oil cooking spray. Scoop out the meatball mixture and roll them into golf-size meatballs. Arrange the meatballs at least 1 1/2 inches apart. Spray the tops of the meatballs with a little of the olive oil cooking spray to ensure they brown nicely. Bake for 25 minutes.

Tip: Use the cooking spray, (a light spritz) to lubricate the cookie-dough scoop every so often. This will ensure the easy release of the meat mixture.

In the meantime in a large saucepot over medium heat, add olive oil and diced onions. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions become translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.  To the onions, add the minced garlic, tomato paste, dried oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Continue stirring, cook for another 1 to 2 minutes

Next, add the chicken broth. Let that come up to a bubble and simmer for a couple of minutes before adding the crushed and whole tomatoes. Using the back of a wooden spoon break up the whole tomatoes. Next, add brown sugar, stir to combine. Bring the sauce up to a bubble, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally.

Once the meatballs come out of the oven, transfer them to the sauce and let everything simmer together on medium-low heat for another 45 minutes. Remove from the heat add the fresh julienned basil, gently stir to combine. Cover to keep warm. After 45 minutes, start cooking the pasta.

In a large saucepot of boiling salted water drop the pasta.

I love to use Pappardelle for this dish. The wide ribbons of pasta have so much more surface area for the sauce to adhere to. Follow the cooking instructions. Drain the pasta really well.  Add a cup of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into the bottom of a large mixing bowl tossing the cheese through the pasta, very gently, so all those ribbons get coated really well. Then add a couple of ladles full of the tomato sauce, using a pair of tongs toss to combine. What you are witnessing is the cheese sticking to the pasta and the sauce sticks to the cheese. Win-Win!

Finally, I finish with ladling the meatballs on top with a bit more sauce, and a little more cheese. Serve with some crusty cheese bread and garnish with fresh basil. This is my Pappardelle With Chicken Sausage Meatballs.

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Pappardelle With Portobello Mushrooms In A Garlic Cream Sauce

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Portobello mushrooms have to be my very favorite mushroom. They have such a meaty flavor and texture. They’re just so delicious and satisfying. My favorite pasta is pappardelle. It only made sense to me that I bring them together. This is my Pappardelle With Portobello Mushrooms In A Garlic Cream Sauce.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 to 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: one 3-quart saucepot, two 6-quart saucepots, colander spoon, whisk, Microplane, chef’s knife

Ingredients:
9 Portobello mushrooms, cleaned, gills removed and sliced
8 cloves of garlic (4 freshly grated, 4 minced)
4-ounce package of fresh baby spinach
6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons of nutmeg, freshly grated
1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1 quart of whole milk
1 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 package of Pappardelle pasta (reserve 1 cup of starchy pasta cooking liquid)
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf Parsley for garnish

Directions:
Start by removing the stems and gills of the Portobello mushroom. Next, using a damp cloth wipe off any dirt from the caps. Slice them about 1-inch in thickness. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Peel 8 garlic cloves, grate four and mince four. Set aside.

In a 3-quart saucepot over low heat, add the grated garlic to 1 quart of whole milk. Heat for 3 to 4 minutes allowing the garlic flavor to infuse into the milk. You don’t want the milk to come to a boil. After 3 to 4 minutes turn the heat off allowing the garlic to steep in the milk.

In another large saucepot over medium-high heat, melt butter of unsalted butter with 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. Next, add the sliced mushrooms. Stirring frequently, cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until they’ve released their water and browned nicely. Add the minced garlic, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, stir to combine, cook for 1 minute more or until garlic becomes fragrant.

Reduce the heat to medium, add the flour to the mushrooms, stir to combine until the raw flour becomes past-like 1 to 2 minutes.

Next, combine the flavored milk to the pot containing the cooked mushrooms. Whisk the milk until it starts to thicken. As the milk sauce starts to thicken add the baby spinach. Switch back to a wooden spoon, grate fresh nutmeg into the sauce stir to combine.

Turn the heat off. Remove the pot from the heat before adding the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Stir to combine.

In a large pot of salted boiling water drop the pappardelle. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until just al dente. Combine the cooked pasta into the pot with the mushroom and spinach cream sauce. Gently toss to combine. Garnish with Italian flat-leaf parsley.

Tip: Reserve a cup of the starchy pasta cooking liquid to help thin out the sauce if needed.

Ladle a good helping of my Pappardelle With Portobello Mushrooms In A Garlic Cream Sauce in a beautiful porcelain pasta bowl.

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