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Cavatappi Pasta with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Kale

Cavatappi Pasta with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Kale

by Pam on November 8, 2012

I had a craving for pasta so I decided to look through the refrigerator to see what I had on hand.  I found some turkey Italian sausage, mushrooms, Parmesan  and just a bit of kale.  I also grabbed some grape tomatoes and garlic off the counter and some pasta out of the pantry.  This meal took less than 20 minutes to make and was hearty, tasty, and healthy – you can’t beat that!  The whole family enjoyed it and we gobbled it right up.

Cook the pasta in salted water per instructions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of liquid.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the sausage from it’s casings and place into the skillet and cook, breaking it up into smaller pieces.  Cook until it browns, about 3 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes, or until the mushrooms are golden brown.  Add the minced garlic, tomatoes, and kale, and cook for about 3 more minutes. Add the broth to the skillet and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Add the cooked/drained pasta to the skillet, and toss to coat evenly. Add some of the reserved pasta water if needed.  Place into serving bowls and top with Parmesan cheese.  Enjoy.

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Cavatappi Pasta with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Kale




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 15 min.

Total Time: 20 min.



Ingredients:

8 oz of cavatappi pasta, cooked per instructions
5 links of turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
8 oz of button mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup of kale, chopped
1/2 cup of chicken broth
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese, shredded

Directions:

Cook the pasta in salted water per instructions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of liquid.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the sausage from it’s casings and place into the skillet and cook, breaking it up into smaller pieces. Cook until it browns, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes, or until the mushrooms are golden brown. Add the minced garlic, tomatoes, and kale, and cook for about 3 more minutes. Add the broth to the skillet and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add the cooked/drained pasta to the skillet, and toss to coat evenly. Add some of the reserved pasta water if needed. Place into serving bowls and top with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

  1. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Stuffing with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, and Chestnuts

Stuffing with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, and Chestnuts

by Pam on November 19, 2013

I saw this recipe on Closet Cooking[1] and decided it would pair beautifully with the simple turkey I was preparing for an early Thanksgiving meal. It was very simple to make and tasted wonderful. The only thing I would do differently next time would be to dice the bread smaller. The sausage flavor was delicious and it’s flavor went so well with the mushrooms and bread. I loved the bit of crunch the chestnuts gave to this stuffing. Thanks for the terrific recipe Kevin[2]!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Remove the sausage from it’s casing and cook until no longer pink, making sure to break the meat up into crumbles, about 5 minutes. Add the butter, onions, and celery to the pan then sauté until tender, about 7 minutes. Add the mushrooms, garlic, thyme, sage, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then sauté until everything is tender and just starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Add the quarter cup of chicken broth (or wine), deglaze the pan and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Mix the sausage, vegetables, parsley, chestnuts, and bread in a large bowl then mix in the broth until all of the bread is moist but not soggy. Pour the mixture into a baking dish coated in cooking spray and cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the tin foil and continue cooking until the top turns nice and golden brown, about 10 minutes.



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Stuffing with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, and Chestnuts




Yield: 8+

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 45-50 minutes



Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil
3 links of turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
8 oz mushrooms, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/4 cup of chicken broth (or white wine)
1 handful parsley, chopped
1 can of sliced water chestnuts, chopped
1 day old loaf Italian bread cut into bite sized cubes
2 cups chicken broth, warm

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Remove the sausage from it’s casing and cook until no longer pink, making sure to break the meat up into crumbles, about 5 minutes. Add the butter, onions, and celery to the pan then sauté until tender, about 7 minutes. Add the mushrooms, garlic, thyme, sage, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then sauté until everything is tender and just starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Add the quarter cup of chicken broth (or wine), deglaze the pan and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Mix the sausage, vegetables, parsley, chestnuts, and bread in a large bowl then mix in the broth until all of the bread is moist but not soggy. Pour the mixture into a baking dish coated in cooking spray and cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the tin foil and continue cooking until the top turns nice and golden brown, about 10 minutes.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Original recipe by Closet Cooking

References

  1. ^ Closet Cooking (www.closetcooking.com)
  2. ^ Kevin (www.closetcooking.com)
  3. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Spinach and Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies and Orzo

Spinach and Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies and Orzo

by Pam on September 17, 2012

I am sorry I didn’t post my normal Monday recipe but I was feeling terrible on Sunday with a nasty headache, stuffy nose, & sore throat so I didn’t have it in me to cook or do a blog post. Thankfully, I am feeling better today but still not 100%.  My daughter is getting over a cold and my son now is coughing and has a stuffy nose – you’ve gotta love the back to school germs!!  Even though it’s nearly 90 degrees outside, I decided to make us a big batch of soup in hopes that it will make us all feel better.  I grabbed whatever I had on hand which ended up being spinach, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, lots of  garlic, turkey Italian sausage, orzo, and chicken broth.  It was quick to make and only simmered for 1 1/2 hours so my house didn’t get too hot.  I loved how simple this soup was to make and how comforting and delicious it tasted.  The best part is that both of my kids requested leftovers for their school lunches – I love that!

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the onion and the turkey Italian sausage and cook, stirring often, until the sausage has cooked through.  Side Note:  Use a potato masher to break up the Italian sausage quickly and easily into crumbles.  Add the  carrot, celery, and minced garlic; stir often for 2 minutes.  Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, chicken bouillon granules, and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Cover with a lid and let the soup simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Add the orzo and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add the spinach right before serving.  Taste and re-season if needed.  Enjoy.

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Spinach and Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies & Orzo




Yield: 8

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 90 min.

Total Time: 100 min.



Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil
1 small sweet yellow onion, diced
3 turkey Italian sausages, casings removed
3 carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 15oz can of diced tomatoes, drained
8 cups of chicken broth
3 tsp chicken bouillon granules
1 bay leaf
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 cup of orzo
2 cups of baby spinach, chopped

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and the turkey Italian sausage and cook, stirring often, until the sausage has cooked through. Side Note: Use a potato masher to break up the Italian sausage quickly and easily into crumbles. Add the carrot, celery, and minced garlic; stir often for 2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, chicken bouillon granules, and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cover with a lid and let the soup simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Add the orzo and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the spinach right before serving. Taste and re-season if needed. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

 

 

References

  1. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)