It isn’t a crazy idea to put ground sausage and pasta together, but sometimes it is nice to have a bit of a recipe to follow for inspiration. You can certainly play around with this idea a bit. I liked the rosemary and tomato paired with the sausage.
This should have been a simple recipe, but I had some trouble at the grocery stores. Yes, plural. First, I only bought half of the prosciutto needed, because I had sticker shock and couldn’t fathom the possibility that the one package was not enough. Oops. Well, not really an oops since I decided to make it work. I did a single batch of pasta, then ended up having enough sauce leftover to make some more pasta to coat with the rest. Soooo, I made the recipe below reflect the “half” amount. In case you’re thinking I’m part-vegetarian (not that such a thing exists), K also agreed that it was enough. You got the flavor, you got some meat in most bites, and it was satisfying. Especially because the pasta is so eggy and rich.
I saw one of those speedy food videos that prepped a version of this which intrigued me. You know the videos I am talking about, right? They rapidly mix everything together to make it look really fast and easy and people go nuts sharing them all over social media. Who knows, maybe they will get some more people making stuff they wouldn’t have made before? Just don’t worry if your cooking takes a bit longer and if you’re like me and prefer reading a recipe instead of viewing a Snapchat-style video. But what do I know? I still prefer books over movies, haha.
This is actually from the meal we had for Easter. I decided since we would be staying in to make a more complicated dinner. It ended up being really tasty and everyone was a fan. I will share the chicken recipe soon. For now, enjoy this risotto with lots of vegetables and warm weather flavors. If you are anxious about the fennel, well, I was, too. I have never cooked with it before, or even bought it before. I was worried it would be a strong flavor that we wouldn’t like, but we all did! On its own I think I would not be a big fan, but in the dish it worked perfectly. As for how to prepare it, read ahead.
I like that this dish is both a starchy course and full of our vegetables all in one. The Fudgelet did well picking up the little pieces to feed himself (he still prefers fingers mostly over utensils).
I am a bit hesitant about posting this recipe since most of the pictures don’t properly reflect the changes I made. There was a Food and Wine recipe I adapted, and I am adapting it again for this post. Basically, K and I weren’t big fans of certain ingredients/steps. I could be a good food blogger and make it again for new pictures, but we have a bunch of leftovers to get through and that feels wasteful. (Sorry.) So instead, use your imagination a bit with my pictures, but follow the steps I wrote. Really, it is more about omitting the radicchio I used, cutting the pasta amount in half, and adding in some peas. We loved the sweet potatoes in this (K kept commenting on them) and definitely want to keep them in mind for future cheesy pasta recipes.
I did manage to take some pictures when we ate leftovers. I added peas and sausage and it tasted really good.
Not too long ago I shared a beef stew recipe. K really wanted a beef stew with beer. While I was planning our dinner for the week, I came across some similar recipes with beer and decided to do a version of the one I made before, but with a couple changes. This one might have required a bit less work. Just a bit. All in all, they were similar, but I enjoyed it and had improved my beef stew technique in making this. Now I can say I have mastered the basic beef stew! I used a Newcastle Brown Ale because that is what I was able to find for a decent price (we’re not beer drinkers), but you could play around with different varieties and find your favorite.
Now, it’s not mandatory, but I do recommend this stew with mashed potatoes. It is a bit runny, so you might need a bowl, but it works so well poured over the fluffy potatoes.
Happy Pi Day! After two years of sharing dessert pies, I decided to share a savory pie today. Why is it called chicken pot pie? Do some people bake it in a pot? I guess you could. I’ve thought about baking it in my Dutch oven before. Instead I usually find random dishes to use. This time, I decided to maximize the crust to pie filling ratio. I used a rectangular baking dish, and it worked really well. I’ve made pot pie a few different ways. Sometimes I’ve used store crusts or puff pastry dough, and sometimes I’ve used rotisserie chicken. I always have peas and carrots. That’s a must. This recipe was great because I was able to make everything at home, and I didn’t need a trip to the store. To me, using rotisserie chicken for a dish isn’t always a time saver. I have to go and buy it near the time I want to use it, and then I have to shred all of the skin after it cools. I decided to try and use my own roasted chicken. Sure enough, it worked, and I could season it however I liked.