11 July 2008

Orecchiette with Sausage, Cremini Mushrooms, and Peas

This made a fantastic Sunday meal, yet another from Giada DeLaurentiis (what can I say, the chick has great pasta recipes). I love any dish with lots of peas, this one also adding spicy sausage and earthy mushrooms, all stirred together with salty Parmesan cheese. Mmm.

It makes for a good summer recipe - good hot or cooled down a bit, comes together quickly, and no heavy sauce drowning all the ingredients.

Orecchiette with Sausage, Cremini Mushrooms, and Peas
(adapted from Giada DeLaurentiis' Everyday Italian, 2005)

1/3 to 1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. ground Italian sausage, removed from casing
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
10 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 (10 oz.) package frozen peas, defrosted slightly
1 lb. (or so) dried orecchiette pasta
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a large pot, bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil.

In a large saute pan over high heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add sausage and sauté, breaking any large lumps, until golden brown (8-10 minutes). Remove meat from pan and set aside.

Add about 2 more Tbsp. olive oil to pan and heat. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the liquid from the mushrooms has evaporated, about 5-8 minutes. Add the peas and saute for another 2-3 minutes. Return the meat to the pan and cook until the flavors begin to meld (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.

When the pot of water has come to a boil, add pasta and cook until al dente, about 9 minutes. Drain in a colander, reserving about 1/2 c. of the pasta water.

Return pasta to the pot and add the meat mixture. Combine thoroughly and gently cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, adding pasta water as needed to moisten. Drizzle in remaining olive oil into mixture. It is important to keep the mixture moistened (do not let it dry out); use more pasta water or olive oil as needed.

Check the seasoning. Turn off the heat and add the grated cheese. Stir well and serve in large bowl.


Anonymous said...

This looks absolutely delicious. Can't wait to try it!

Elizabeth said...

Yum, that looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

That looks fabulous! I'll be over with a big bowl and fork.

Anonymous said...

I have a thing for fun pasta shapes and I love, love, love orecchiette.

This looks REALLY tasty! Pass a bowl my way!

Katie B. said...

You really can't go wrong with Giada and pasta!! This dish looks quite tasty!

Anonymous said...

only one question, I can sustitute the peas for Generic Viagra, this because I'm allergic to the peas, jajajaja...how sad!