Thursday, May 25, 2006

Another yummy Giada Recipe!!

Yum! I made this Monday night, and am having the leftovers right now for lunch. It's SO GOOD! Even Jeff, who really doesn't care for the texture of sun-dried tomatoes loved it. (I cut them up into little tiny pieces). I know I've become a walking advertisment for this cookbook, but, seriously? EVERY RECIPE I've tried just rawks my socks! I swear, at this rate, I'm going to GAIN weight before my friend's wedding! Thanks Laura! ;)

Penne with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

3/4 cup drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, sliced, 2 tablespoons of oil reserved
1 pound Italian hot sausages, casings removed
2 (8-ounce) packages frozen artichoke hearts
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
16 ounces penne pasta
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan, plus additional for garnish
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
8 ounces water-packed fresh mozzarella, drained and cubed, optional
Salt and freshly ground peppe

Heat the oil reserved from the tomatoes in a heavy large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the sausages and cook until brown, breaking up the meat into bite-size pieces with a fork, about 8 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a bowl. Add the artichokes and garlic to the same skillet, and saute over medium heat until the garlic is tender, about 2 minutes. Add the broth, wine, and sun-dried tomatoes. Boil over medium-high heat until the sauce reduces slightly, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the fusilli in boiling water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta (do not rinse). Add the pasta, sausage, 1/2 cup Parmesan, basil, and parsley to the artichoke mixture. Toss until the sauce is almost absorbed by the pasta. Stir in the mozzarella. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Serve, passing the additional Parmesan cheese alongside.
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