March 31, 2014

What I Made {Orecchiette with Sausage and Toasted Breadcrumbs}

Hi friends! Here we are the last day of March and yes, it's snowing!!
 
Not sure how much more of this weather I can take! I feel like that is
 
a recurring theme here!!
 
Today I'm here with my What I Made feature!
 
As I've told you all before Sunday is family day.... It's the one day of the
 
week my husband and I don't work and we spend the day with our children
 
and then my dad and his girlfriend come over for Sunday dinner.
 
I have a special Pinterest board dedicated to just dinners that I know my
 
dad will enjoy.... Being that my dad is a very picky Italian and not fond of
 
chicken or fish, that pretty much guarantees I will be making pasta or
 
steak for Sunday dinner....
 
Pasta dishes are usually the norm! Last night I made one of my mom's
 
favorite pasta dishes, which also happens to be one of the very few she
 
actually wrote down.... I know my Nonna never wrote down any recipes!
 
She would always say with her cute little Italian accent:
 
"I gotta in my head!" Miss her & my mom so much....
 
Ok, no tears! Back to this scrumptious pasta dish which is derived
 
from one of my favorite recipes from Giada De Laurentiis.
 
In this recipe I used Italian sausage in stead if the prosciutto. If  you prefer
 
the prosciutto instead, just add 1/4 lb fresh prosciutto chopped instead of
 
the sausage! Either way this dish is a winner!!
 
 
Orecchiette with Italian Sausage & Toasted Breadcrumbs
 
4 servings
 
     Ingredients
 
1 pound Italian Sausage (I used half hot, half sweet) castings removed
 
1 pound Orecchiette pasta
 
3/4 cup olive oil
 
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
 
1 cup frozen peas
 
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
 
2 tbs fresh chopped parsley
 
Directions
 
 
Spray a large sauté pan with non stick cooking spray.
Cook Italian sausage thoroughly. Remove from pan and set aside.
 
Boil pasta in a non-salted water per package instructions.
Add frozen peas last minute of cooking.
 
In large sauté pan, heat oil until warm.
Add breadcrumbs and stir until breadcrumbs are browned (about 2-3min).
*Be careful not to burn the breadcrumbs!!*
 
Drain Pasta and combine pasta, breadcrumbs, cheese and sausage into
a large serving bowl.
Garnish with parsley.
 
Note: Do not add salt to anything. The sausage and cheese will
provide plenty of flavor!
 
Enjoy!!
 
 
 
This recipe is full of flavor and the best part is that it only takes about
 
thirty minutes from start to finish!!
 
What did you make this weekend?? I'd love to hear from you!!
 
Hope you had a great weekend and I'll be back soon
 
with a master bedroom update!!
 
 
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