Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Favorite Meal

My Favorite Meal
Italian food has always been my favorite. My trip to Italy three summers ago was really what started my love for cooking and it is also why I chose to study abroad in Rome this summer (good weather, good food, good wine, what more could you ask for?) 
The other day had been a little dreary here and everyone was craving comfort food. This dish is something we usually make in the winter because it can be a little heavy, but on that cold May day it sound perfect. This meal is called The West 38th Street Pasta, and it comes from a loved cookbook my parents bought when they lived in Colorado when they were first married. You can find similar recipes online, but we cut some of the fat so I'll put our recipe. It serves six.

1lb of Italian sausage (sweet or hot, or both!)
3/4 stick of butter
1/3 c of olive oil
12 large mushrooms sliced (I just buy the case of already sliced mushrooms to save time)
1-2 large peppers (as many colors as possible)
2 cloves of minced garlic
3/4 c of chopped onion or green onion
1 T dried parsley
1 T dried basil
12 oz fettucine
2/3 c grated parmesan cheese
1 c sour cream

1. Cook sausages in large skillet until brown. Remove and set aside on paper towel. 
2. Drain grease and then add olive oil and butter. Start by sautéing mushrooms. Boil water and cook pasta based on package directions.
3. Once those have cooked down a little bit, add garlic, peppers, onion and spices until tender.
4. Add sausage, sour cream and parmesan cheese and stir until it has created a creamy sauce.
5. Drain pasta and stir in sauce in large dish.

I also toasted some Olive Oil & Rosemary bread that I found at the store with a little bit of butter and parmesan on top. Serve with red wine!
*****My dad swears the pasta is even better the next day! Save the leftovers!******

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