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Pasta Cinghiale- My Version

February 13, 2018

Our favorite dish to order at our favorite Italian restaurant (Arturo’s) is pasta cinghiale… it is really, really delicious and if I close my eyes, I am transported to Umbria where wild boar dishes are in abundance. I have tried to make this dish at home before but this time I found wild boar sausages and decided to use them to replicate my favorite dish…

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ pound wild boar sausage, casings off, crumbled
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 10 ounces Cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 to 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Salt
  • ½ to 1 cup pasta water
  • ½ pound penne, cooked al dente

Heat a large frying pan with the olive oil. Add the crumbled sausage and sauté over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes or till golden brown. Take the sausage out with a slotted spoon and add the mushrooms and more olive oil if needed. Saute on high heat for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the garlic and thyme and continue to sauté for another 2 minutes on medium heat. Add cooked pasta, cream, pasta water and salt to taste. Bring to a gently boil and turn heat off and serve.

Pasta with Sausage and Sweet Pepper Sauce

February 12, 2018
  • ½ pound pasta, al dente with a cup of pasta water set aside
  • 4 chicken sausage links, chopped in ¼ inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Heat a large frying pan with the olive oil. Add the sausages and sauté on medium high heat, stirring constantly. Saute for 4 to 5 minutes till the sausages are golden brown. Keep aside.

  • 1 cup fresh tomato sauce or marinara sauce
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 1 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Start the grill outside or preheat the broiler. Coat the peppers with the oil and grill or roast them till the skin is charred- about 20 minutes. Place the peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap for 20 minutes. Take the peppers out and peel the skin and take the seeds out. Place the peppers in a blender with the tomato sauce. Blend till smooth. Taste for seasonings and add salt if needed.
Add two cups of the sweet pepper sauce to the sausages and add the pasta and half cup of the pasta water (add more water if needed). Mix well and check for seasonings. Serve with cheese on top.

Pasta Primavera with Wine Sauce

February 11, 2018

Meatless Monday continues with this delicious pasta primavera I made with a wine sauce. I served it on top of healthy whole wheat spaghetti! It was yum!

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 cup Cremini mushrooms, cleaned and chopped into quarters
  • 1 cup Shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped
  • Salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 3 cups homemade or store brought tomato sauce
  • ½ pound whole wheat spaghetti, cooked al dente
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated

Heat a large frying pan with the butter and oil. Add the thyme and both the mushrooms. Saute on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the red pepper, salt and garlic. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes and add the zucchini. Saute for a minute and transfer the vegetables to a plate. Deglaze with wine and scrape all the brown bits off and cook the wine down to about half a cup. Add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Add the vegetables back and check for seasonings. Serve on top of spaghetti and top with cheese.

Chili Verde

January 30, 2018

Great recipe for the big game!

  • 4 to 5 medium tomatillos, cleaned and cut in half
  • 2 ancho chilies, cut in half and deseeded
  • 3 garlic cloves, with skin on
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 4 to 5 green onions, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place all the ingredients onto a lined cookie sheet. Drizzle the olive oil and bit of salt. Roast for about 30 to 40 minutes till the vegetables are soft. Let cool and slide the skin off the ancho chilies. Place in a blender with cilantro and green onions and blend till smooth. Keep aside.

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 pound dark meat ground turkey
  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 to 2 cups chicken broth
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Squeeze of lime

Heat a large saucepan with the oil. Add the chili powder and oregano. Saute for 30 seconds over medium heat. Add the ground meat and sauté over high heat, separating the meat with a wooden spoon. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, until the meat is golden brown. Add the beans, tomatillo sauce and 1 cup broth. Bring to a boil, add some salt and simmer on a medium heat covered for 20 minutes. Take the lid off and continue cooking on simmer for another 15 minutes. Add more broth if needed. Check for seasonings and garnish with cilantro and lime. Serve with corn bread.

 

Asian Ground Beef and Orange Sauce

January 29, 2018

Continuing with the Asian theme this week… this one is inspired by a New York Times recipe… really, really yummy!

  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • Juice and zest of 3 navel oranges, separated
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch mixed with 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 green onions, white and green parts cut into inch long pieces

Heat a wok like pan with the peanut oil. Add the ginger, jalapeno and orange zest and sauté on a low heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add the orange juice, brown sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the mixed corn starch and bring to a boil until the sauce is thickened. Take the sauce out and reheat the pan with 1 tablespoon peanut oil. Add the ground beef and sauté on medium high heat till the meat is golden brown. Take out an excess fat if desired. Add the sauce and bring to a boil. Mix well and check for seasonings. Garnish with green onions and serve with jasmine rice.

 

 

 

Tofu and Broccoli Stir Fry with Cumin

January 28, 2018

  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 serrrano chilies, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 package extra firm tofu, cut into 1 inch squares and cooked for 2 minutes in boiled water
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

In a bowl mix the wine, salt, soy sauces, cornstarch, honey and water, keep aside.

Heat a wok like pan with the peanut oil and add the ginger, garlic, chilies and cumin. Saute on medium high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broccoli and sauté for a minute on high heat. Add the tofu and the sauce. Mix well and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes till the broccoli is tender but not over done. Check for seasonings and add salt if needed. Garnish with scallions and a drizzle of sesame oil.

Portuguese Style Soup with Garlic Sausage and Kale

January 23, 2018

Great soup recipe I took from serious eats of course modified it to my taste… yummy!!

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 links chicken garlic sausage, casings removed, crumbled
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled, quartered and cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, quartered and cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 5 cups homemade or store bought chicken stock
  • 6 cups baby kale, chopped
  • Salt
  • ¼ cup fresh chives, chopped

Heat the butter and olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the crumbled sausage and sauté for about 5 minutes or till the sausage is golden brown. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the potatoes and the stock, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes a bit to thicken the soup. Add 1 teaspoons of salt. Cook for a about 20 to 25 minutes. Add the chopped kale and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes. Check for seasonings and garnish with chives.