Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It Never Fails...

I guess like a lot of other people, I am usually thinking by early afternoon, "what's for dinner tonight?"

My kids are so great about eating everything; however, if they love it one day, sometimes they won't eat it the next. They love fresh meals and variety. One dish that I can make every week is Giada DeLaurentiis' Farfalle with Turkey Sausage, Peas and Mushrooms! It's so easy to make and everyone loves it.


1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 pound ground turkey sausage, removed from casing
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
10 ounces cremini mushrooms, coarsely chopped
1 (10 ounce) package frozen peas, defrosted slightly
1 pound dried farfalle pasta
1/2 cup freshly grated Grana Padano cheese - I use Parmigiano-Reggiano


In a large pot, bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil.

In a large saute pan over high heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season turkey with salt and pepper. Add turkey and saute breaking any large lumps until golden brown. Remove meat from pan and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to pan and heat. Add chopped mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the liquid from the mushrooms has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the peas and saute for 4 minutes. Return the meat to the pan and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

When the pot of water has come to a boil, add pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain in acolander. Return pasta to the pot and add the meat mixture. Combine thoroughly and gently cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Drizzle in remaining olive oil. If the mixture is dry, do not hesitate to use more olive oil if necessary. Check the seasoning. Turn off the heat and add the grated cheese. Stir well and serve in large bowl.

I own some of Giada's books. Two of my favorite:

This recipe was on our menu last night!

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