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Linguine In Tomato Sauce with Chicken Sausage, Blistered Tomatoes, Kale, and Mozzarella Pearls

Linguine In Tomato Sauce with Chicken Sausage, Blistered Tomatoes, Kale, and Mozzarella Pearls

by Pam on May 29, 2013

I made a “clean your fridge out” dinner last night. I found some kale, onion, mozzarella pearls, and chicken sausage links in the refrigerator and grabbed some leftover linguine, a can of tomatoes, garlic, and grape tomatoes from the pantry and threw them all together. I loved the flavor of the garlicky tomato sauce with the tasty pieces of chicken sausage, sweetened blistered cherry tomatoes, and the creamy mozzarella pearls. I served this pasta with the Gourmet Salad[1] and it turned out to be a terrific meal that we all enjoyed. I had some of the leftover pasta today for lunch and it was delicious.

Blend the can of whole tomatoes with a blender or an immersion blender. Set aside.

Heat a small Dutch oven that’s coated in cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add the chicken sausage links and cook until all sides are golden brown, about 6-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and place on a cutting board with a tin foil tent. Add a teaspoon of olive oil in the same Dutch oven then add the grape tomato halves. Cook, flipping the tomatoes halfway through cooking, for about 2-3 minutes or until blistered. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the pan then add the onion; cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes. Add the minced garlic, crushed fennel seeds, and crushed red pepper flakes, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add the blended tomatoes then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste and a pinch of sugar if desired. Cover with a lid and turn the heat to low; simmer for 30 minutes. Slice the sausages into bite sized chunks then add them along with the kale to the tomato sauce.

Prepare the linguine in salted water per package instructions. Drain then add to the tomato sauce. Mix until well combined. Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, if needed. Toss in the mozzarella pearls and the blistered grape tomatoes then serve immediately. Enjoy.

 



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Linguine In Tomato Sauce with Chicken Sausage, Blistered Tomatoes, Kale, and Mozzarella Pearls




Yield: 6

Total Time: 1 hour



Ingredients:

4 links of chicken and roasted pepper sausage links
1 tbsp olive oil (divided)
1 1/2 cups of grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced finely
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
1-2 pinches of crushed red pepper flakes, depending on how spicy you would like it
1 28 oz can of whole tomatoes, blended
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Pinch of sugar, if desired
2 cups of fresh kale, chopped
8 oz of linguine, cooked per instructions
Mozzarella pearls, to taste

Directions:

Blend the can of whole tomatoes with a blender or an immersion blender. Set aside.

Heat a small Dutch oven that’s coated in cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add the chicken sausage links and cook until all sides are golden brown, about 6-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and place on a cutting board with a tin foil tent. Add a teaspoon of olive oil in the same Dutch oven then add the grape tomato halves. Cook, flipping the tomatoes halfway through cooking, for about 2-3 minutes or until blistered. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the pan then add the onion; cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes. Add the minced garlic, crushed fennel seeds, and crushed red pepper flakes, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add the blended tomatoes then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste and a pinch of sugar if desired. Cover with a lid and turn the heat to low; simmer for 30 minutes.

Slice the sausages into bite sized chunks then add them along with the kale to the tomato sauce. Prepare the linguine in salted water per package instructions. Drain then add the pasta to the tomato sauce. Mix until well combined. Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, if needed. Toss in the mozzarella pearls and the blistered grape tomatoes then serve immediately. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

  1. ^ Gourmet Salad (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
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Tomato Bisque – Soup Might Not Count as a Meal, but Bisque Certainly Does

It’s been awhile since I dropped a Seinfeld reference, but
this hearty tomato bisque had me reminiscing about the famous “soup’s not a
meal” episode. It’s rich, hearty, and satisfyingly thick without being heavy.
Sorry, Bania, it counts. 


There are different opinions on what makes something a
bisque. Technically, it’s made from some sort of shellfish puree, but modern
usage includes vegetables as well. Above and beyond that, it has to have cream,
and be thickened with rice.

One problem with many of the tomato soups I’ve had, is that
they are either thickened with tons of tomato paste, which is like eating a
bowl of pasta sauce, or they’re thickened with a flour roux or cornstarch slurry,
which leaves them too pasty for me. A little rice thickens the soup just as
well , but also gives it a nice silky texture.

As far as the canned tomatoes go, we’re using the same
argument here we use for tomato sauce. Unless you have some amazingly sweet,
vine-ripened specimens around, that you’ve peeled, seeded, and cooked down to get rid of the excess
moisture, then chances are San Marzano tomatoes will produce a superior
product.

I tried to stress in the video how important it is to adjust
the seasonings to your liking,  especially the sweetness. Many of us were raised on Campbell’s tomato soup
(and grilled cheese sandwiches, of course), and because that flavor is so
ingrained in our taste memories, you need to get this at least close for it to work.
Taste, adjust, taste, adjust, and as always, enjoy!


Ingredients for 6 Portions:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
3 cloves garlic
1 quart chicken broth, plus more as needed
1 (28-oz) can crushed San Marzano tomatoes, or about 3 1/2
cups of other crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp paprika
3 tbsp white long grain rice
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 or 2 tsp sugar, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne to taste
basil to garnish

Wigan chicken

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  • Serves: 2

  • Prep time: 5 mins

  • Cooking time: 15 mins

  • Total time: 20 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

Wigan chicken is named after the town it was first created in. It is really quick to prepare and cook so it is a great simple meal if you are ever in a rush. It is a great treat to creating sticky chicken without a long marinade process. It only takes 15 mins to cook and is a speedy mid-week dish that is also perfect for cooking on the BBQ in the summer months too. Serve with mixed salad leaves and enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2tbsp tomato sauce
  • 3tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 flour tortillas
  • Mixed salad leaves to serve

That’s goodtoknow

You could try to add cooked rice and sweetcorn to give it more of a burrito feel.

Method

  1. Cut the chicken into bite sized cubes and coat in the soy sauce and tomato sauce.
  2. Place the coated chicken and the sauce into a frying pan, cover with a lid and leave to cook.
  3. Meanwhile warm your tortillas in a warm grill.
  4. Place the cooked sticky chicken pieces into your tortilla, top with salad and wrap

By Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves

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