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Fennel Sausage and Mushroom Quiche

Fennel Sausage and Mushroom Quiche

Fennel Sausage and Mushroom Quiche


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 T. sugar

1/2 tsp. fine sea salt

1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled

2 large eggs


1 1/2 T. unsalted butter

9 ounces ground pork sausage

1 tsp. fennel seeds, coarsely chopped

3/4 tsp. fine sea salt

8 cremini mushrooms, coarsely chopped

2 large fresh sage leaves, finely chopped

8 large eggs

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

3/4 cup grated Comte cheese (can substitute Parmesan or even a sharp aged white Cheddar)


To make the pie crust: In a food processor (or a large bowl, if mixing by hand), combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse once or twice to combine. Add the butter and pulse until it is broken down into pea-size pieces. (If mixing by hand, get in there with your hands and work the butter into the flour.) Add the eggs and pulse (or stir by hand) until combined. The dough may still seem dry and not entirely together–that’s okay. Dump it out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Bring the dough together into a ball and flatten it into a disc on the plastic wrap; it should come together as you do, but if it is still too dry, add a tsp. or two of very cold water. Wrap the dough tightly and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. On a well-floured work surface, roll out the dough into a round just under 1/4 inch thick. Line a 9-inch pie pan with the dough (see Chef’s Note). Cut the excess dough from the edge and then crimp the edge and fold it up. With a fork, gently poke the bottom of the dough all over. Chill the dough lined pie pan for 10 minutes. Line the dough with a large piece of parchment paper and fill it with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until it starts getting golden and is almost fully cooked. Remove the parchment and beans or weights and bake for 10 minutes more, or until just lightly golden all over and fully baked. Transfer to a wire rack; keep the oven on. To make the quiche: In a large skillet, melt 1 T. of the butter over medium to high heat. Add the sausage, fennel seeds, and 1/2 tsp. salt and cook until the sausage is almost fully cooked, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the mushrooms and remaining 1/2 T. butter and cook until the mushrooms begin to soften and the sausage is fully cooked all the way through, about 5 minutes. Add the sage, stir to combine, and turn off the heat. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs well until frothy. Add the milk, cream, pepper, and remaining 1/4 tsp. of the salt and whisk again. Add the cheese and stir to combine. Set aside. Pour the sausage-mushroom mixture into the baked pie crust and spread it evenly. Pour the milk mixture evenly over the sausage and mushrooms. Bake the quiche for 35 to 45 minutes, then cover it with foil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes more, until the center is jiggly but set. Let the quiche cool, then slice and enjoy. The quiche will keep, covered, in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat it in the oven or microwave. Cook’s Note: This recipe will leave you with leftover dough. You can wrap and freeze it. This is also my recipe for pie dough, so you’re welcome! Use this for your pie making!

Baked Orecchiette with Fennel and Sausage

Baked Orecchiette with Fennel and Sausage

Baked Orecchiette with Fennel and Sausage


1 lb orecchiette (or rigatoni)

1 fennel bulb (OR 1 1/2 tsp. ground fennel seed)

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound mild Italian sausage, ground

1 small onion, diced

1 tsp. sugar

1 T. red wine vinegar

1 C. of your favorite tomato sauce (I love Rao’s marinara or tomato basil)

1 1/2 C. heavy cream

2 C. shredded fontina cheese

1/4 C. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


Preheat an oven to 425°F (220°C). Lightly oil a 9-by-13-inch (24-by-33-cm) baking dish. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. When the water is boiling, season generously with salt (you want to make it “salty like the sea” which means you should add about 1/4 C.). Add the pasta and cook 3 minutes less than the cook time on the package. Because you’re going to finish this off in the oven, you want to undercook the pasta just a bit, so it retains a bit of a bite and doesn’t get mushy. Drain and place back in the same pot you cooked it. Add about a T. of butter. Remove and discard the stalks and core from the fennel bulb and dice the bulb. In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, heat 1 T. of the olive oil. If you’re using ground fennel seed, add it with the sausage right away. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the fennel to sausage and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add sausage and fennel to the pot with the pasta. Add the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil to the same sauté pan and then add the onions and pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender and translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the sugar and vinegar and cook until the vinegar has reduced, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and cream and simmer, stirring, until lightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to the pot with the pasta, add the fontina and stir well. Transfer the pasta mixture to the prepared dish and top with the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Bake until the top is golden brown and the sauce is bubbling around the sides, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve directly from the dish. NOTES: To save some time, start boiling the water first. While you’re waiting for the water to boil, start cooking the sausage and fennel. By the time the sausage and fennel is finished, the water should have boiled, and while the pasta is cooking, chop the onion and mix the sugar and vinegar in a small dish. Now it will be time to add the sausage/fennel to the pasta. Give it a stir. Next step is to cook the onion and get the tomato cream sauce cooking. While the sauce is simmering, grate the fontina on a piece of parchment paper (makes cleanup SUPER easy!), and the Parmesan (on a separate piece of parchment).

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained

1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, undrained

1/2 pound smoked sausage thinly sliced (andouille or smoked)

3 celery ribs chopped

1 green bell pepper chopped

1 medium onion chopped

2 garlic cloves minced

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

½ tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. chili powder

4 C. uncooked long grain rice

green onions chopped, for garnish

fresh parsley chopped, for garnish


Add red kidney beans, smoked sausage, celery, bell pepper, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and chili powder to a 6-quart slow cooker. Set on high setting and cook for 4 hours. Cook rice according to package directions. Serve red beans over top of the cooked rice. Top with fresh green onions and parsley. Notes .This is a mild recipe with smoked sausage.  For a spicier version, use a spicy andouille sausage.

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

1 medium onion diced

1 bell pepper diced

3 celery stalks diced

3 cloves garlic minced

1 pound dry red kidney beans

1 tsp. salt or more to taste

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. white pepper (optional)

1 tsp. hot sauce (I used Texas Pete.)

1 tsp. fresh thyme or ½ tsp. dried thyme

2 leaves bay

7 C. water

1 pound chicken andouille sausage cut into thin slices

10 C. cooked rice


Add all ingredients, except for sausage and rice to the Instant Pot. Place the lid on, lock it, and set to manual high pressure for 28 minutes. At the end of the 28 minutes, use the quick release method (release the valve). When the Instant Pot is fully depressurized the pin will fall, and you can remove the lid. Run the lid under cold water and set aside. This will help the Instant Pot to re-seal. Add the chicken andouille sausage, place the lid on and lock it. Use the manual setting at 15 minutes high pressure and allow the Instant Pot to release naturally this time (no using the pressure release valve, just let it sit until the pin drops). Mine took about 26 minutes to naturally release, FYI. You can let the beans mixture sit with the lid of for a few minutes to thicken the liquid. Serve the bean mixture over a C. of cooked rice.

Tuscan Frittata Affogata

Tuscan Frittata Affogata

Tuscan Frittata Affogata

10 eggs

1/2 C. grated pecorino romano cheese

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

2 T. plus 1 tsp. olive oil

8 oz. mild Italian sausage, casings removed

1 small yellow onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices

1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch slices

1 C. tomato sauce

6 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

6 to 8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced


Preheat an oven to 500°F. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pecorino romano, salt and pepper. Set aside. In the deep half of a frittata pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the sausage and cook, breaking apart the larger pieces, until browned and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Wipe out the pan with paper towels. In the same pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until the onion is translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the pepper is tender, about 10 minutes more. Add the sausage to the pan and pour in the egg mixture. Cook, using a rubber spatula to lift the cooked edges and allow the uncooked eggs to flow underneath, 2 to 3 minutes. Continue cooking until the eggs begin to set, 4 to 6 minutes more. Meanwhile, in the shallow half of the frittata pan over low heat, warm the 1 tsp. olive oil. Place the shallow pan upside down on top of the deep pan and flip the frittata into the shallow pan. Cook, covered, for 2 to 3 minutes. Uncover the pan and pour the tomato sauce onto the center of the frittata, gently spreading it to the edges. Arrange the mozzarella on top. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Slide the frittata onto a serving plate, sprinkle with the basil and serve immediately. Serves 8 to 10.

Sausage and Piquillo Pepper Frittata with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce

Sausage and Piquillo Pepper Frittata with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce

Sausage and Piquillo Pepper Frittata with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce


1/2 C. pasta sauce

2 T. canola oil (or other neutral-flavored oil)

1 sweet or spicy Italian pork sausage (preferably flavored with fennel; about 4 ounces)

4 small jarred onions, quartered (about 1 ounce or 1/4 cup)

2 roasted Piquillo peppers, ripped into small pieces (about 2 T.)

1 T. plus 1 tsp. ghee or unsalted butter

12 large eggs

2 tsp. kosher salt

2 ounces fresh mozzarella, shredded (about 1/4 cup)

Freshly ground black pepper


Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 45O°F. Heat the pasta sauce in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring often to keep it from scorching. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until the oil’s almost smoking (you will begin to smell the oil at that point). Slash the sausage casing with a knife and squeeze the sausage meat out of the casing and into the skillet; discard the casing. Cook the sausage, stirring occasionally and breaking it into small pieces as it cooks, until it’s just browned, about 5 minutes. Add the onions and sauté the sausage and onions together for 2 to 3 minutes, until the sausage is cooked through and the onions are golden brown. Transfer the sausage and onions into a bowl and stir in the Piquillo peppers.  Wipe out the pan you cooked the sausages in, then add the ghee and heat it over high heat for about 2 minutes. Lightly beat the eggs with the kosher salt and pour them into the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-high. As the eggs cook, use a heatproof rubber spatula to draw the edges inward, away from the sides of the pan, tilting the pan so the raw egg runs into the space created. Continue cooking in this way for 4 to 5 minutes, until no egg runs off when you tilt the pan, but the top layer of the frittata is still runny and wet looking. Spoon the sausage and onions over the eggs in clumps, leaving room to see the egg poking through in spots and a rim of egg around the edge. Sprinkle the mozzarella between, not on top of, the sausage mixture, and bake the frittata until it’s just set but not browned, 3 to 4 minutes, depending on how well done you like your eggs. Run a spatula under the frittata to make sure it’s not sticking. Shake the pan slightly to further loosen it, slide it onto a large plate, and season it with freshly ground black pepper. Serve the frittata with the tomato sauce on the side.

Stout-Braised Sausages with Apples, Pears and Cranberries

Stout-Braised Sausages with Apples, Pears and Cranberries

Stout-Braised Sausages with Apples, Pears and Cranberries

4 large sausage links

1 T. olive oil

2 medium or large yellow onions, sliced

2 ripe Bosc pears, peeled, cored and sliced

2 apples peeled, cored, and sliced

1/2 pint fresh cranberries

12 oz. bottle of your favorite stout, brown ale or mocha porter


Preheat oven to 350. Set a large heavy pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once it’s hot, add the onions and saute five minutes or until they begin to soften. Add the sausages and brown on each side, turning them to prevent sticking, about 5-7 minutes.

Shells with Broccoli Rabe & Pancetta

Shells with Broccoli Rabe & Pancetta

Shells with Broccoli Rabe & Pancetta

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 1/2 pounds broccoli rabe (1-2 bunches)

1 pound large pasta shells, such as Barilla

Olio Santo Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 pound pancetta, 1/4-inch diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

8-10 ounces fresh ricotta

Freshly grated Italian parmesan cheese, for serving


Bring large pot of water to a boil and add 1 T. salt. Remove and discard the bottom third of the broccoli rabe and slice the rest crosswise in 2-inch pieces. When the water boils, cook the broccoli rabe for 2-3 minutes, until just tender. With a wire skimmer, lift the broccoli rabe (don’t drain the pot!) into a large bowl and set aside. Bring the water back to a boil, add the shells, and cook al dente according to the directions on the package. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid, drain the pasta and set aside.  Meanwhile, heat 2 T. of Olio Santo olive oil in a large sauté pan, add the pancetta, and cook over medium heat for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pancetta is browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the broccoli rabe and red pepper flakes and toss well. Add the cooked shells, 1 tsp. of salt, and 1 tsp. of black pepper and toss. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes until all the ingredients are heated through, adding enough of the reserved cooking water so the pasta isn’t dry. Serve hot in large shallow bowls with a large dollop of ricotta and drizzle with Olio Santo olive oil, and with grated Parmesan on the side.

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

16 oz. fusili pasta, cooked according to package instructions

8 oz. mozzarella balls, halved

4 oz. salami, quartered

2 c. baby spinach

1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved

1 c. artichoke hearts, chopped

1/2 c. pitted black olives, sliced


1/3 c. olive oil

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 garlic clove, minced

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley

Pinch red pepper flakes

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper


In a large bowl, toss together pasta, mozzarella, salami, spinach, tomatoes, artichokes, and olives.

To make the dressing, add olive oil, vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, parsley, and red pepper flakes to a jar and secure with a lid then shake to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Dress pasta with dressing and serve.


Get The Mix-Ins Right

Variety is the spice of pasta salad mix-ins. That’s how that phrase goes, right? But seriously, it’s all about variety. Variety in texture, flavor, and color. Hey, we eat with our eyes first! All that variety brings balance to your salad, so make sure you have several contrasting elements. For example:

Creamy/Fatty Mix-Ins These are the things you want in every bite: quartered mozzarella balls, crumbled bacon, shaved gouda, chunks of avocado, crumbled feta, prosciutto, or chopped salami are all solid options. Without them, your pasta salad might be a little too virtuous.

Crunchy/Fresh Mix-Ins We’re talking veggies! Arugula, chopped bell peppers, celery, spinach, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, slices of raw red onion, the list goes on. Pick and choose your favorites! Without these, your pasta salad may feel a bit too heavy. It is Summer, after all! Take advantage of all that glorious produce.

Hearty Mix-Ins These elements can make your pasta salad feel like a meal. Chickpeas, chopped hard-boiled eggs, toasted nuts, shredded chicken, broiled or grilled shrimp, or even white beans make delicious and satisfying additions.

Salty Mix-Ins We LOVE a burst of salty flavor in our salads. Capers, sliced olives, pickled onions (or really anything pickled), sliced pepperoncini, or chopped anchovies for the adventurous folks.

Brightly Flavored Mix-Ins When we think of bright flavors, we think of herbs and citrus: things that will give your salad an extra boost of freshness and flavor. From dill to basil, in our opinion there’s no such thing as too many herbs. Feel free to combine 3 or 4 types of herbs, the more the merrier! When it comes to citrus, we like adding zest or juice to our final dish (especially those with creamy dressings) to add a little zing.

Get The Dressing Right

The dressing really ties everything together. Just like the mix-ins, you’re looking for balance. Your dressing should be bright but not astringent, full-bodied but not oily, flavorful but not overpowering, and perfectly seasoned. Okay, I know this sounds particular, but the good news is, all you really need are your taste buds! Dressing is one of the easiest things to taste an adjust while you’re making it, so as soon as you find your balance, you’re good to go. Here’s what ya need:

  1. Oil: use your favorite olive oil if you want that delicious rich flavor, or a neutral oil like vegetable oil or grape seed oil if you don’t.
  2. Vinegar: there’s SO many delicious vinegars, but some of our favorites are red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and rice wine vinegar. Try to match your vinegar with your mix-ins. (For example: sliced cabbage, red peppers, chopped peanuts = rice wine vinegar. Basil, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella = balsamic or red wine vinegar.)
  3. Flavorings: minced garlic or shallots, fresh or dried herbs, spices or a scoop of dijon mustard all would be delicious add-ins. These flavorings are what gives your dressing personality.
  4. Sweeteners: although not totally necessary, we find that sometimes our dressings are a bit too acidic. (AKA that feeling when you taste it and it burns in the back of your throught.) A teaspoon or two of honey, maple syrup, agave, or even just plain sugar can help round out the acidity.
  5. Creaminess:also not entirely necessary, but if you’re craving a more bodacious dressing, try adding a scoop of mayo! This brings your pasta salad into a more traditional place, and we aren’t mad at that. If you don’t do dairy, pureeing your dressing with ripe avocado is a great substitute!





1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying, plus 1 tablespoon

1 Russet potato, peeled and cut in sticks

Salt and pepper

4 sausages

4 eggs (optional)



Aji amarillo paste


2 parsley leaves, to garnish


This Peruvian fast-food dish is exactly what its name indicates: sausages (salchichas), and potatoes (papas’). With such a short list of ingredients, you hardly need a recipe at all.


Heat 1/2 cup vegetable oil in a heavy saucepan over high heat. Dry the potatoes with paper towels and fry until golden brown. If you are using the frozen ready-made variety, heat them in a 45O°F oven for 18 minutes. Once they’re done, season the fries with salt. Cut the sausages in ¥4-inch round slices. Heat a tablespoon oil in a skillet. Sauté the sausages until golden. Combine the sausages and fries on two plates. Fry the eggs, sunny side up, (if using) and place two on top of the sausage mixture. Garnish with parsley leaves. Serve with ketchup, mustard, aji amarillo paste, and mayonnaise on the side.

Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni

Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni

Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium yellow onion chopped

3 cloves garlic minced

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 pound Italian sausage

1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 large red bell pepper(s) chopped


3 cups water

1 pound rigatoni pasta

1 jar marinara sauce 24-ounce


½ cup heavy whipping cream

½ cup parmesan grated


Italian parsley fresh

parmesan shredded or grated


Sauté Onion: Turn on ‘Sauté’ and adjust the heat level to ‘Normal’. Allow the pot to heat up until the display reads ‘Hot’. Add the olive oil and allow it to heat up. Add the diced onions to the pot and toss until thoroughly coated in the oil. Sauté, tossing occasionally, until they become soft and translucent. About 3 to 4 minutes. Add Garlic: Add the minced garlic to the pot and continue to sauté for another 30 seconds.

Deglaze Pot: Deglaze the pot with the white wine vinegar and cook until it almost completely evaporates. About 1 or 2 minutes. cook the SAUSAGE. Add Sausage: Add the Italian sausage to the pot and cook, breaking it apart into smaller and smaller pieces as it cooks. Continue for 4 minutes. Add the salt and pepper and mix into the sausage. Continue cooking until cooked through, about another 2 or 3 minutes.

Add Bell Pepper: Add the bell pepper and mix into the sausage. Cook for another minute or two, tossing occasionally. Turn off ‘Sauté’. add the PASTA & SAUCE. Add Rigatoni: Add the water to the pot and deglaze the bottom of the pot once more. Then layer the rigatoni pasta over the sausage and, using a large wooden spoon, push it down into the water as much as you can. Add Marinara: Pour the marinara sauce evenly over the top of the pasta. Do not mix. set the COOK TIME. 7-Minute Cook Time: Close the Instant Pot, set the pressure release valve to ‘Sealing’ and set the pot to cook on ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cook’, ‘High Pressure’ for 7 minutes. 2-Minute NPR: Once the 7-minute cook time has completed, allow for a 2-minute Natural Pressure Release. When the 2-minute NPR has finished, release the remaining pressure and then open the pot. add the CREAM AND CHEESE. Add the heavy whipping cream and parmesan cheese to the pot and mix them into the pasta. Allow the pasta to sit on ‘Keep Warm’ for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. Serve and enjoy!

Creamy Baked Sausage Risotto

Creamy Baked Sausage Risotto

Creamy Baked Sausage Risotto


For the Chicken Sausage

1 tsp olive oil

¾ lb Italian chicken sausage


1 T. olive oil

1 T. butter

1 medium onion, cut into ½-inch dice

1 rib of celery with leaves (if you have any), thinly sliced

1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

¾ cup Arborio rice

splash of dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc

1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes

3 cups of good-quality chicken broth (or stock), plus more as needed

salt & pepper

¼ cup roughly chopped parsley (I used the curly kind)

parmesan cheese

extra olive oil, for serving


Preheat your oven to 350 F. In a 6 qt. Dutch oven, or another oven-proof pot with lid, warm the 1 tsp. of olive oil over medium heat. Add the sausage and brown on all sides, about 10-12 minutes. Transfer sausage to a cutting board. Pour out any residual oil and clean the bottom of the pot with a paper towel.

To begin the risotto, add the olive oil and butter to the Dutch oven. Sauté the onions, celery, and garlic over medium-low heat until the vegetables begin to soften, abut 5-7 minutes. Add the rice. Stir the grains to coat, 1 minute. Deglaze the pan with a splash of white wine scraping up any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Simmer for 1-2 minutes or until the wine is slightly reduced. Add the tomatoes and chicken broth, and give it a stir. Place the lid on top and transfer to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, slice the sausage into rounds. At the 30 minute mark, add the sausage to the pot. Continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes. The risotto is ready when the grains are tender, but still have a slight bite to them. Remove the pot from the oven and peek inside; adjust consistency with more chicken broth or simply keep it the way it is. Risotto is very forgiving. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the chopped parsley. Serve warm with a drizzle of extra olive oil and plenty of parmesan cheese.

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

1 1/2 cups white long grain rice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 (12.8-ounce) package smoked andouille sausage, thinly sliced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

2 stalks celery, thinly sliced

1 pound dry red beans

1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon dried sage

2 sprigs fresh thyme

2 bay leaves

4 cup low sodium vegetable broth

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 teaspoon hot sauce, or more, to taste

2 green onions, thinly sliced


In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside. Set a 6-qt Instant Pot® to the high sauté setting. Add olive oil and sausage. Cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside. Add garlic, onion, bell pepper and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in sausage, red beans, Cajun seasoning, oregano, basil, sage, thyme, bay leaves and vegetable broth; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 30-35 minutes. When finished cooking, release pressure naturally according to manufacturer’s directions, about 20-30 minutes. Serve immediately with rice and hot sauce, garnished with green onions, if desired.  Note: If the beans are not soft after 30-35 minutes of high pressure cooking and 20-30 minutes of naturally releasing pressure, you can simply re-secure the lid, seal the vent, and cook for an additional 20 minutes at high pressure.

Ciabatta Dressing with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Ciabatta Dressing with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Ciabatta Dressing with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

1 pound loaf Ciabatta bread

1 pound broccoli rabe

1  pound Italian Sweet Sausage, casings removed

2 tablespoon olive oil

2 red onions, diced

3/4 cup diced celery

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1/3 cup shaved parmesan cheese

3 eggs

2 1/4 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup white wine or dry vermouth

butter for baking dish and foil

Kosher salt



Time-Saving Tip:  Cook the broccoli rabe in advance, cool and store until ready to continue.  Prepare the stuffing a day in advance and bring to room temperature before baking.


Trim the ends off of the broccoli rabe, rinse well. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.  Have a colander resting in a bowl nearby so you can scoop the cooked broccoli rabe into the colander when ready. Also, set up a large bowl with cold water and some ice to transfer the cooked vegetable. Add the broccoli rabe to the pot; stir it. Cook for about 3 minutes until nearly tender, don’t overcook. Using tongs, transfer the broccoli rabe to the colander. Let drain and then transfer to a bowl of ice water, this will stop the broccoli rabe from overcooking. Cut the broccoli rabe into 1-inch pieces. If you’re not using right away, make sure to drain well and store to use later.  Remove the sausage from the casing and transfer to a nonstick pan with two tablespoons of olive oil.  Sauté while breaking up with a wooden spoon, until the sausage is no longer pink. Add the onions and celery, season with salt and pepper.  Sauté for 5-6 minutes until the meat starts to brown.  Combine the broccoli rabe with the mixture, sprinkle with more salt and pepper and cook another two minutes. Pour the wine in the pan and bring to a boil. Simmer until most of the liquid is gone.  Set aside and cool to room temperature. While the mixture cools, combine the eggs and chicken broth. Cut the bread into roughly 1 inch- 1 1/2-inch cubes and transfer to a large bowl. Once the sausage mixture has completely cooled, add it to the bread and toss to combine. Then stir in the cheese, parsley, and season with salt and pepper.  Finally, pour in the egg mixture and gently coat all of the dressing. Transfer the dressing to a buttered casserole dish.  Tightly cover with foil. At this point, you can store the stuffing in the refrigerate overnight. Please remove it from the refrigerator at least an hour before baking. Place the casserole dish in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake another 10 minutes.

Mayberry Lentil Soup

Mayberry Lentil Soup

Mayberry Lentil Soup


1 lb. Kielbasa, sliced

1 pound lentils

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup sliced celery

1/2 cup sliced carrots

1/8 teaspoon garlic salt

2 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons oregano

1 6-ounce can tomato paste

8 cups water


Ina large stock pot combine all of the ingredients except the tomatoes. Cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 30 minutes

Instant Pot Sausage & Broccoli Bread Pudding

Instant Pot Sausage & Broccoli Bread Pudding

Instant Pot Sausage & Broccoli Bread Pudding


2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

6 ounces sweet or spicy Italian sausage (pork or turkey), casings removed

1 small yellow onion, diced

1 C. diced (1/2-inch pieces) broccoli (6 ounces)

2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary */2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more as needed

3 large eggs

1 1/2 C. whole milk

1/4 C. chopped fresh parsley

1 garlic clove, finely grated or minced

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce tsp.

¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Large pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

2 C. dry white bread cubes (1-inch pieces)

1/4 C. grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese


Using the sauté function (on low, if possible), heat 1 T. of the oil in the pressure cooker pot. Add the sausage and cook until browned, 7 to 10 minutes, using a wooden spoon to break it up, scraping up the browned bits as it cooks. Transfer the meat to a bowl. Add the remaining 1 T. oil to the pot. Stir in the onion, broccoli, rosemary, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Cook until the onion starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Taste and add more salt if needed. Scrape into the bowl with the sausage. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, parsley, garlic, Worcestershire, pepper, nutmeg, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt. Toss in the bread, then the sausage/broccoli/onion mixture. Pour the bread and custard mixture into a porcelain or ceramic (not glass), 7-inch 1 1/2-quart soufflé dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Pour 2 C. water into the pressure cooker pot (no need to rinse it out first). If your steamer rack has handles, place the soufflé dish on the rack and lower everything into the pressure cooker pot. If your rack does not have handles, first place the rack in the pot, then lower in the soufflé dish using a homemade sling. Lock the lid into place and cook on low pressure for 25 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure. Heat the broiler. Carefully remove the soufflé dish from the pressure cooker, using the sling or oven mitts. Place on a small baking sheet. Sprinkle with the pecorino. Broil until the top is golden, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Pizza Monkey Bread

Pizza Monkey Bread

Pizza Monkey Bread

2 (16.3 ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits quartered

6 ounces pepperoni, quartered

2 C. shredded mozzarella

`1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated

1/4 C. butter, melted and slightly cooled

2 T. olive oil

2 tsp. Italian seasonings

2 tsp. minced garlic (or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)

marinara for dipping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients (except marinara) and toss well until combined.  Pour mixture into a greased 10-inch Bundt pan (you can also use a 9×13 baking dish). Bake for 35-45 minutes or until rolls are cooked on the inside; cover with foil after 20 minutes or until top is browned. Check every 5 minutes towards end of cooking to see if done. Remove from oven and loosen edges of bread with a knife. Invert Bundt pan on a plate and then invert onto a serving plate so that the pretty side is up. Pull apart and dip in warm marinara.

One Pan Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Asparagus, and Sausage

One Pan Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Asparagus, and Sausage

One Pan Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Asparagus, and Sausage

1 lb. baby red potatoes

8 ounces (1/2 of a 16-ounce bag) petite baby carrots

1 tsp. of EACH dried basil, dried thyme, dried oregano, and paprika

1/2 tsp. onion powder

Salt and cracked pepper

1/4 C. olive oil separated

8 ounces (2 C.) asparagus

1/2 large yellow onion

1 package (13 ounces) skinless smoked sausage (we use turkey sausage)

1 T. minced garlic

1/3 C. freshly grated Parmesan

Optional: fresh parsley


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a very large sheet pan with parchment paper or foil for easier clean-up (optional). Halve the baby red potatoes (or cube if they are larger). In a small bowl, mix together all of the seasonings: the dried basil, thyme, oregano, paprika, onion powder, and salt + pepper (I use a heaping 1/4 tsp. of salt and pepper). Mix together. Place the halved red potatoes and baby carrots on the sheet pan. Pour 2 T. olive oil and half of the seasoning mix on top. Toss to combine and place in the oven for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the asparagus by trimming the ends and cutting into 2 inch pieces. Thinly slice the yellow onion. Coin the sausage. Remove the potatoes and carrots from the oven and using a spatula push them to one side of the pan. On the other side add in the chopped asparagus, sliced onion, sausage, and minced garlic. Add the remaining 2 T. olive oil and remaining seasoning mix. Toss to combine and then toss those ingredients with the potatoes and carrots. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until veggies are roasted to your desired preference. Top the dish with freshly grated parmesan and fresh parsley as desired. Enjoy immediately.

Butternut Squash & Sausage Stuffed Shells

Butternut Squash & Sausage Stuffed Shells

Butternut Squash & Sausage Stuffed Shells

1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed

1 onion, sliced

¾ C. milk

¾ C. vegetable broth

1 lb. sausage

2 C. spinach

3 cloves garlic

1 lb. jumbo shells, cooked al dente

15 ounces ricotta

1 egg

¼ C. parmesan, shredded

Additional parmesan, shredded

Olive oil

Salt & pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange onion and butternut squash in an even layer on a lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Roast for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, cook sausage over medium heat. When sausage is mostly browned, add spinach and garlic. Cook until spinach is wilted and remove from heat. Place roasted butternut squash and onion in a food processor. Pulse until a smooth puree forms. Allow to cool. Stir in milk and vegetable broth. Pour butternut squash sauce into base of a 9×13 baking dish. In a large mixing bowl, stir together ricotta, parmesan, and egg. Add sausage and spinach into ricotta and stir until evenly distributed. Fill cooked pasta shells with 3-4 T. of filling. Arrange shells in butternut squash sauce in the 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes covered with aluminum foil followed by 15 minutes uncovered. Top with additional parmesan.

Sheet Pan Meatballs and Broccolini

Sheet Pan Meatballs and Broccolini

Sheet Pan Meatballs and Broccolini

1 pound broccolini ends trimmed

2 T. extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil

1 tsp. Magic Mushroom Powder or Diamond Crystal kosher salt

1½ pounds Italian bulk sausage

1½ C. marinara sauce

Heat oven to 425°F or 400°F convection bake with the rack in the middle. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the broccolini with olive oil and Magic Mushroom Powder. (If you don’t have Magic Mushroom Powder, you can use 1 tsp. of Diamond Crystal kosher salt or ½ tsp. Morton’s kosher salt/fine grain salt).   Arrange the broccolini in a single layer on the rimmed baking sheet. Grab the sausage and roll out some meatballs! (If the sausage is in links, just pierce the casing with a knife to get to release the meat inside.) Scoop out uniform-size balls with a medium disher and roll out about 24 meatballs that are about 1½ inches in diameter. Tuck the meatballs in any open spots between the broccolini on the baking sheet.  Pop the baking sheet in the oven. Roast the sheet pan meatballs and broccolini for a total of 15 to 20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through and the broccolini is charred in places. Rotate the tray 180° at the 8 to 10 minute mark to ensure even cooking. While the sheet pan supper is cooking, heat up the marinara sauce in a saucepan on the stovetop or in a glass container in the microwave oven. When the sheet pan meatball supper is ready, take it out of the oven and spoon on the marinara sauce!

Sausage and Potato Casserole

Sausage and Potato Casserole

Sausage and Potato Casserole

2 lbs. Italian Sausage, cut into links

2 – 3 pounds red potatoes or russets, scrubbed and cut into bite-sized pieces (If you use russets, I recommend peeling them.)

2 red onions, sliced

4 Tbsp. olive oil

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

2 tsp. Italian seasoning


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sausage, potatoes, onions, olive oil, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning in a 13×9 casserole dish. Bake for 1 hour, or until the internal temperature of the sausage is 160 degrees F and is no longer pink.

Zoodle Pizza Casserole

Zoodle Pizza Casserole

Zoodle Pizza Casserole

Nonstick cooking spray

3 10 ounces zucchini

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz.)

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup all-purpose flour

2 T. cornmeal

1 8 ounce can pizza sauce

½ cup miniature sliced pepperoni


Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 3-qt. rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. Using a vegetable spiralizer, julienne cutter, or mandoline, cut zucchini into long, thin noodles (zoodles). Place in a colander and sprinkle with salt; toss gently. Let stand 15 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels. In a large bowl combine eggs, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, the Parmesan cheese, flour, and cornmeal. Stir in zoodles. Transfer to prepared dish. Bake 10 minutes or until set and no excess liquid remains. Spread with pizza sauce. Top with remaining 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. Bake 15 to 20 minutes more or until cheese is light brown.


If you don’t have a spiralizer, julienne cutter, or mandoline, coarsely shred the zucchini, or halve the zucchini lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces. Continue as directed.


8 servings. 191 calories, (5 g saturated fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 2 g monounsaturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 678 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 13 g protein.

Swiss Chard with Apple-Chicken Sausage

Swiss Chard with Apple-Chicken Sausage

Swiss Chard with Apple-Chicken Sausage

1 apple

2 T. Oil

1 small yellow onion

1 bundle swiss chard

1 package of 4 apple-gouda-chicken sausages

1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tsp. fresh ground pepper


Cut onion into small pieces and caramelize (in small or medium sauté pan) on medium-low for at least 30 minutes.  While onions caramelize, cut apple into same size pieces as onion, set aside. Two choices for the sausage preparation: one, leave sausages whole and place in sauté pan with apple pieces, pepper and cook on medium until sausages are nicely browned on the outside. Remove from heat and slice thickly. Set aside. Option two, slice sausages before you cook them. Add them to the pan with apples and pepper and allow to brown on all sides. In option one, the cheese will stay inside the sausage and when sliced after cooking will retain its flavor. The sausage, however, will have less crunchy bits and overall less texture. Option two, your cheese will melt out and coat some of the apple pieces and will lose much of its essence. But your sausage will have crunchy cheesy bits and have a stronger apple profile. Your choice. Cut ends off of swiss chard and then into ribbons. Add to onions and add apple cider vinegar. Turn heat to medium and cover. After two minutes stir, cover again. Wait another 3-5 minutes and turn off heat. Add salt to taste. Mix together sausage and a swiss chard in large bowl.


Serving Options:


Add another tsp. of pepper

Serve with biscuits or some toasted rye bread

Add a poached egg on top for a breakfast feel

Add either roasted walnuts or pepitas

Sausage and Cheddar Stuffed Onions

Sausage and Cheddar Stuffed Onions

Sausage and Cheddar Stuffed Onions

6 medium yellow onions, trimmed, peeled, and halved pole to pole

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

12 ounces frozen sweet Italian sausage (about 3 links), defrosted, casings removed

½ cup chopped parsley leaves, plus more for serving

1 cup Panko, divided

4 ounces grated white Cheddar (about 1 cup), divided


Preheat oven to 425°F. Arrange onions, cut sides up, in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and season with ½ teaspoon salt and the pepper. Add ½ cup water to dish, cover tightly with foil, and roast until onions are tender when pierced with a knife, 45 to 50 minutes. Uncover and let cool slightly.  Meanwhile, combine sausage, parsley, ½ cup Panko, and half the cheese in a medium bowl, breaking up sausage as you mix.

One Pot Skillet Pasta with Kielbasa

One Pot Skillet Pasta with Kielbasa

One Pot Skillet Pasta with Kielbasa

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

14-16 oz fully cooked smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices

1/2 C. diced onion

1 (12 oz) package Green Giant Garden Vegetable Medley

2 1/2 C. chicken broth

1/2 C. milk

8 oz dry penne pasta

Salt and pepper

1/2 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Chopped parsley, for serving


Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and onion and cook until the sausage is browned and the onion is soft, about 3-5 minutes. Add in the frozen vegetables, chicken broth and milk. Stir in the penne pasta.  Cover and cook until the pasta is al dente, about 15 minutes.* Stir and season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and stir in to melt and combine. Garnish with fresh parsley to serve.


*If there is still too much liquid in the pan, continue to cook uncovered. There should be some liquid left to make a sauce.

Prosciutto & Genoa Panzanella

Prosciutto & Genoa Panzanella

Prosciutto & Genoa Panzanella

1 cup loosely packed fresh basil

1 1/2 tablespoons chopped shallot

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

parmesan cheese


2-3 slices Prosciutto, ripped

2-3 slices Genoa Salami, sliced and cubed

1 Roma Tomato, sliced and cubed

3-5 Cherry Tomatoes, sliced

a handful of Spinach

A little Romaine

Thinly sliced Parmesan Cheese

Cubed French Bread

Basil Dressing


First, take all of the Basil Dressing ingredients and blend in blender or food processor. Refrigerate until ready to use.   Then, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cube French bread and add to baking sheet. Sprinkle bread with olive oil and garlic salt. LIGHTLY TOAST the bread. Be careful not to let the bread become too crispy. The bread should barely, if not at all, brown (3-5 minutes).  Add the remainder of the Salad Ingredients to a large dinner bowl or plate.   Mix Salad Ingredients with the basil dressing. Enjoy!

One Pot Cuban Yellow Rice with Chicken & Sausage

One Pot Cuban Yellow Rice with Chicken & Sausage

One Pot Cuban Yellow Rice with Chicken & Sausage


Canola Oil

3 chicken breasts cut into small/medium pieces

2 sausages, sliced (Butifarra Cubana preferred)

1/2 large green pepper

1/2 large onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon whole cumin (or 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder)

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

4 cups chicken broth or vegetable stock (make your own)

1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)

2 cups white parboiled rice

1/4 cup frozen green peas

1/4 cup frozen corn

1 cup of any other veggies you like: red peppers, carrot, even broccoli, edamame etc

Salt and black pepper to taste


Cover the bottom of a large heavy pot with oil. (No more than 1 1/2 teaspoons). Heat stove on medium heat. Add garlic, turmeric, and cumin and cook for about 2 minutes. Add sausage and chicken to pot and cook for about another 8 minutes. Add chopped green peppers and onion and cook for another 5 minutes. Add chicken broth and wine (if using) and heat to boiling. Once boiling, add rice and reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Add peas and other veggies and stir cover and continue simmer until rice is cooked (water has evaporated)

Roasted Sausage & Cauliflower with Cumin and Turkish Pepper

Roasted Sausage & Cauliflower with Cumin and Turkish Pepper

Roasted Sausage & Cauliflower with Cumin and Turkish Pepper

1 1/4 pounds cauliflower, cut into florets

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed

l pound Italian sausages, pricked with a fork

1/3 cup plain yogurt, preferably non-Greek, whole milk

1 small garlic clove

Turkish or Aleppo pepper, as needed

Toasted pine nuts, for serving

Fresh herbs such as parsley, dill or mint, for serving (optional)


Heat the oven to 425°F. Spread the cauliflower florets on a large rimmed baking sheet, and toss with the olive oil, cumin seeds, salt, and pepper. Roast for 10 minutes. Coat the sausages lightly with olive oil, place them on another rimmed baking sheet, and add it to the oven with the cauliflower. Roast, turning them over halfway through, until the sausages are golden and cooked through and the cauliflower is tender and caramelized, about 25 minutes. While the cauliflower and sausages are cooking, prepare the yogurt sauce: Place the yogurt in a small bowl, grate the garlic clove over the yogurt, add salt and pepper to taste, and stir together. Place the sausages and cauliflower on a platter or individual serving plates. Spoon the yogurt sauce on top, and sprinkle with Turkish pepper, and pine nuts and fresh herbs if using.

Spicy Sausage Sweet Potato Hash

Spicy Sausage Sweet Potato Hash

Spicy Sausage Sweet Potato Hash

2 small sweet Potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces (about 2 C.)

1 C. Water

¼ tsp. Salt

Nonstick Cooking Spray

8 ounces uncooked Turkey Sausage Links, chopped or crumbled

½ C. chopped Red Onion

4-6 T. Water

2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar

1-2 tsp. Sriracha Sauce

4 Eggs

Fresh Italian Parsley, Black Pepper, or other seasonings


In a large skillet combine sweet potato, the C. water, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 5 to 8 minutes or just until tender. Drain. Spray the same skillet with cooking spray. Add sausage; cook and stir over medium heat until browned. Stir in onion and the 4-6 T. water, scraping up browned bits from bottom of skillet. Cook, covered, 2 minutes. Stir in the cooked sweet potato and the next three ingredients (through sriracha sauce). Cook and stir until potato is heated. Using the back of a spoon, make small indentations in the sweet potato mixture. Break an egg into each indentation. Cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until egg whites are set and yolks are starting to thicken. If desired, sprinkle with parsley and/or pepper.


Can also roast sweet potato in oven, tossed in a little melted coconut oil for about 10-15 minutes. Add chopped granny smith apples to the cooked sausage and onions, dump over roasted potatoes and return to oven for another 10 minutes until potatoes start to brown around edges.


Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 232

Fat: 10g

Fiber: 2g

Orecchiette with Sausage & Swiss Chard

Orecchiette with Sausage & Swiss Chard

Orecchiette with Sausage & Swiss Chard

1 lb. Orecchiette pasta

1 lb. Spicy Italian sausage

1 lb. Swiss chard rough chopped with stems (1/4″ wide)

1 cup Cooked Cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)

8 oz Pasta water

1/2 cup Chopped parsley

1 tablespoon Lemon zest

2 tablespoons Lemon juice

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons Butter

1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil


Bring 5 quarts of water to a boil with 3 tablespoons of kosher salt. Cook the pasta until very al dente, about 8 minutes. Remove the pasta to a bowl with a slotted spoon and set it aside. Do not rinse the pasta. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before discarding. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the sausage and brown. Add the Swiss chard and cook down for 2 minutes. Add the reserved pasta water and simmer for 1 minute. Add the beans and pasta and simmer until pasta is done, about 2 more minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and zest, cheese, parsley, butter, and extra virgin olive oil and it is ready to serve.

Pizzetta for all Seasons

Pizzetta for all Seasons

A pizzetta is a small pizza that can range in size as a finger food at around three inches in diameter to that of a small personal-sized pizza

Toad in the Hole

Toad in the Hole

Toad in the Hole

8 large good-quality sausages

4 sprigs of fresh rosemary

2 large red onions, peeled and sliced

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced

2 knobs of butter

Sunflower oil

6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 level tablespoon good-quality vegetable stock powder or 1 vegetable stock cube

¾ C. Milk

¾ C. Flour

A pinch of salt

3 eggs


Mix the batter ingredients together and put to one side. I like the batter to go huge, so the key thing is to have an appropriately sized baking tin, the thinner the better, as we need to get the oil smoking hot. Put 1cm of sunflower oil into a baking tin, and then place this on the middle shelf of your oven at its highest setting (240-250ºC/475ºF/gas 9). Place a larger tray underneath it to catch any oil that overflows from the tin while cooking. When the oil is very hot, add your sausages. Keep your eye on them and allow them to color until lightly golden. At this point, take the tin out of the oven, being very careful, and pour your batter over the sausages. Throw a couple of sprigs of rosemary into the batter. It will bubble and possibly even spit a little, so carefully put the tin back in the oven, and close the door. Don’t open it for at least 20 minutes, as Yorkshire puddings can be a bit temperamental when rising. Remove from the oven when golden and crisp. For the onion gravy, simply fry off your onions and garlic in the oil.

Pasta Bake with Sausage, Broccoli and Beans

Pasta Bake with Sausage, Broccoli and Beans

Pasta Bake with Sausage, Broccoli and Beans

1/2 tsp. salt

1 large head of broccoli, about 1 1/2 pounds, cut into small florets

3 cloves garlic, peeled

3/4 pound rigatoni

1 T. olive oil, plus more for pan

1 pound Italian-style turkey sausage with fennel (removed from casing if uncooked or thinly sliced if precooked)

1 can cannellini or Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

2/3 pound skim mozzarella, grated, 1/4 C. reserved

3/4 C. skim ricotta cheese

1/2 C. chicken stock

1/2 C. Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated, 1/4 C. reserved

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground pepper

3 T. breadcrumbs

1 T. olive oil


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil a 9-x-13-inch gratin or baking dish. In a separate pot, bring water to a boil and add 1/2 tsp. of salt, broccoli and garlic. Simmer the broccoli and garlic for 5 minutes, until softened. With a slotted spoon remove the broccoli and garlic to a large bowl. Bring the water back to the boil, add the pasta, and cook the pasta for about 2 minutes less than the package directions suggest, about 11 minutes. The pasta should be al dente, a little firm. Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven set over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add sausage and the garlic cloves from the broccoli bowl, and cook, stirring frequently until meat is fully cooked and no longer pink, about 4 to 5 minutes, if using fresh sausage. (If using fully cooked sausage, cook until surface is golden, about 2 to 3 minutes.) With a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to the broccoli, and drain most of the oil from the pan, leaving about 2 T.. Discard the garlic. Toss drained pasta with sausage mixture. Add beans, stock, 3/4 C. of grated mozzarella cheese and all of the ricotta. Add remaining salt and pepper. Gently toss. Transfer to prepared gratin or baking dish, top with breadcrumbs, remaining 1/4 C. of grated cheese and 1/4 C. mozzarella cheese, and drizzle with olive oil. If making this in advance, allow the mixture to come to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. Bake for 25 minutes, until heated through and crusty on top


From Cook Yourself Thin. 8 servings, 529 Calories

Cajun Jambalaya Pasta

Cajun Jambalaya Pasta

Cajun Jambalaya Pasta

6 ounces linguine
8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
5 tsp. Cajun spice blend, divided
2 tsp. olive oil
2 medium red or yellow bell peppers, sliced into strips
1/2 medium red onion, sliced into strips
8 ounces large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
1 C. canned diced tomatoes, with juice
¼ C. reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tsp. butter
2 T. fresh chopped parsley


Cook the pasta according to the package directions and set aside. Place the chicken pieces into a medium bowl and toss with 1 T. Cajun spice. Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until cooked about halfway through. Add the peppers, onion and shrimp and sauté another 1 to 2 minutes or until the shrimp are pink. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic, black pepper, remaining 2 tsp. Cajun spice, tomatoes, and chicken broth to the skillet and gently stir. Cook for 5 more minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked and vegetables tender. Swirl the butter into the sauce. Place the pasta in a large bowl, toss with the sauce, and garnish with chopped parsley.


Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 325

Fat: 6g

Fiber: 6g

Sweet, Spicy and Sticky Spam

Sweet, Spicy and Sticky Spam

Sweet Spicy and Sticky Spam


1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tsp. minced jarred garlic

2 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. red hot. hot sauce. (or whatever you prefer)

2 T. honey

12 oz. can of spam (25% less sodium) or your pick

1 pinch salt

1 pinch black pepper



Mix your soy sauce, garlic, honey, ginger, and hot sauce. Set aside.  Cut spam into small cubes, then add to an oiled pan over medium-high heat.  Fry up spam till browned as much as possible on both sides. Add salt and pepper.  Toss around to coat salt and pepper all over spam and now you can add soy sauce mixture. Stir to coat spam and let it cook 1-2 minutes until it thickens, but do not let it burn.  Turn them to coat well.  Once spam is covered in the sticky glaze, its ready to serve.

Grits with Sausage, Green Chiles and Red Onions

Grits with Sausage, Green Chiles and Red Onions

Grits with Sausage, Green Chiles and Red Onions

2 tsp. Parmesan Cheese

4 C. Chicken Stock

1 tsp. Salt

1 C. Yellow or White Stone Ground Grits

1 C. shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1 tsp. minced Cilantro

1/2 tsp. Tabasco

1/3 C. Evaporated Milk


2 tsp. Vegetable Oil

1 lb. Spicy Sausage Links, cut into 3/4” slices

1/2 C. minced Onions

4 oz. canned Mild Green Chiles, julienned

1/2 C. shredded Pepper Jack Cheese


Butter a 1 1/2 quart casserole.  Add parmesan and toss well to coat.  Combine stock and salt in saucepan and bring to a boil.  Slowly stir in grits, stirring, over medium low heat until mixture begins to boil.  Cover, reduce heat to very low, and cook, stirring from time to time for 10 to 12 minutes or until liquid is almost completely absorbed.  Remove cover and stir well, scraping bottom and sides.  Cook 3 minutes more, or until mixture is very thick.  Remove from heat and stir in cheddar, cilantro and Tabasco, until cheese is evenly blended.  Beat in evaporated milk and pepper to taste.  Set aside.  In heavy skillet over medium high heat, heat 1 tsp. oil until very hot.  Add sausage and fry until nicely browned on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes, adding more oil if necessary.  Add onions and chiles and cook over low heat, stirring often, until chiles are tender, about 5 minutes.  Tilt skillet to separate fat from mixture and scoop sausage mixture into a small bowl.  Spoon 1/2 grits into casserole and spread evenly.  Add sausage mixture; cover with remaining grits.  Chill2 hours to overnight.  Preheat oven to 375.  Sprinkle casserole with shredded jack cheese.  Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until golden brown.

Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage

Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage

Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage

Coarse salt and ground pepper

1 tsp. olive oil

1 medium red onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 C. vodka, (optional)

1 medium red onion, chopped

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 C. heavy cream

1 lb. rigatoni

10 oz. baby spinach

12 oz. smoked chicken sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4 inch thick

6 oz. fontina cheese, ; 4 oz. cut into 1/2-inch cubes and 2 oz. coarsely grated

1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion; cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic. Remove from heat; add vodka, if desired. Return to heat; cook until almost evaporated, 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and oregano; cook until tomatoes are falling apart, 10 to 15 minutes. Add cream; cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook pasta in the boiling water until al dente, according to package instructions. Add spinach, and cook just until wilted. Drain, and return contents to pot. Add tomato sauce, sausage, and cubed fontina to pot; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Divide evenly between two shallow 1 1/2-quart baking dishes. Top with grated fontina and Parmesan. Bake until browned and edges are crisp, 20 to 30 minutes.

Turkey Sausage in Sherry and Garlic

Turkey Sausage in Sherry and Garlic

Turkey Sausage in Sherry and Garlic

1 T. olive oil

1 onion, sliced into half moons

Salt and pepper

3 links hot turkey sausage

3 cloves garlic, minced

¼ c. dry sherry (not cooking wine)

1-14 oz. can diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the onions and sauté until soft, about 4 minutes. Push the onions to the edge of the pan and add the sausage links. Sear the sausage for 3-4 minutes per side. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Deglaze the pan with the sherry, then add the can of tomatoes with their juice. Adjust heat so the liquid is at a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the sausages are cooked through and the sauce is well-thickened. Remove sausage links from skillet and slice on the diagonal. Return to skillet to coat with sauce and serve.  Good with crisp polenta triangles.

Ramen and Vienna Sausage

Ramen and Vienna Sausage

Ramen and Vienna Sausage

1 package of top ramen
1 can of vienna sausage

Boil a pot of water. Meanwhile, slice Vienna sausages into coins.  Add vienna sausages to boiling water. Add Top Ramen noodles and let boil for 3 minutes. Add Top Ramen flavored powder and stir. For better flavor and texture, you could slice the sausages, crisp them in a little fat, then add them to your cooked ramen noodles. But this would take 2 heat sources.


Baby Artichokes and Sausage Rigatoni

Baby Artichokes and Sausage Rigatoni

Baby Artichokes and Sausage Rigatoni

1 1/2 lb. artichokes (1 1/2 in. wide)
1 head fennel (3 1/2 in. wide)
1 lb. mild or hot Italian sausages, casings removed
1 1/2 C. chopped onion
2 tsp. fennel seed
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 C. thinly sliced red bell pepper
1/2 C. dry white wine
1 C. fat-skimmed chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 C. whipping cream
1 lb. dried rigatoni pasta
1/2 C. grated parmesan cheese

Break off and discard artichoke leaves down to the pale green, tender inner leaves. Cut off and discard thorny tips. Trim bottoms. Quarter artichokes (they will discolor). Trim out and discard fuzzy centers. Rinse and drain artichokes. Trim and discard stems and any bruised portions from fennel. Rinse fennel and thinly slice crosswise. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, frequently stir sausages, breaking up meat with spoon, until brown, about 10 minutes. Add artichokes, fennel, onion, fennel seed, garlic, and bell pepper to pan. Stir often until onion is limp, about 10 minutes. Pour wine, broth, and cream into pan. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until artichokes are tender when pierced, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook pasta in 4 quarts boiling water until tender to bite, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain pasta, put in a serving bowl, and top with artichoke sauce. Offer cheese and salt to add to taste.