Italian Meat Sauce and Pasta

Meat sauce takes me right back to the days of my youth when this would grace our table all the time. It was one of my favorite meals. Then we stopped having it. For whatever reason, a once or twice a month occasion turned into a once a year event. I can’t tell you how wrong that is. On so many levels…. 

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Andouille Sausage and Chicken Gumbo with Fried Okra

 

Everything I know about gumbo I learned from John Besh in his book, My New Orleans. I hesitate to call it a cookbook even though it’s packed with recipes. It reads like an autobiography with pages upon pages recounting the cultural traditions he was born and bred on and to this day gives the utmost respect to. … 

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Pasta Puttanesca with Hot Sausage and Bocconcini

Pasta Puttanesca has a dark and murky past! It’s said to have origins with Italian “ladies of the night” who used the pungent aroma to lure men into their lair. The story goes on to say they were too busy to shop for fresh ingredients or spend a lot time cooking. The result was a quick dish made exclusively from pantry ingredients…. 

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Sweet Potato and Sausage Stuffing

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Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

A copycat Tuscan soup recipe just like Olive Garden’s! At least that’s what I’ve heard. Being that I’ve only eaten there once I don’t know for sure. When you’ve been eating homemade Italian food all of your life it’s hard to get excited over their food.

Now I’m thinking they deserve a second chance. This delectable soup easily earned a top spot on my ‘favorite soups’ list! That’s pretty serious. Being the soup lover I am.

Simple ingredients turn into something sensational! Crispy bacon and spicy Italian sausage give it tremendous flavor. Meaty potatoes and fresh kale round it out to make a completely balanced meal. With a finish of heavy cream it has an air of indulgence to it.

Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a wedge of crusty bread for a hearty, inspired and satisfying meal!

Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 - 5 servings

 Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

A copycat Tuscan soup recipe just like Olive Garden's!

INGREDIENTS:

4 slices bacon, cut into a small dice
1 pound hot Italian sausage, ground or links with casings removed
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups (32 ounces) chicken broth or stock
3 cups Russet potatoes, cubed
sea or kosher salt and fresh black pepper
2 loose packed cups kale, in bite size pieces
1 cup heavy cream or 14 ounce can evaporated milk
Parmesan cheese, grated, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large soup pot or sauce pan cook bacon over medium until crispy. Add sausage and break it apart as it cooks. Once sausage is browned and crumbled drain off the grease leaving a tablespoon or two to saute the onion.
  2. Push the sausage to the edges of the pot and add onion to center - saute until translucent then add garlic and saute until fragrant.
  3. Stir in broth and potatoes, season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, simmer for about 20 minute or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Add kale and heavy cream or evaporated milk. Bring to a simmer. Taste and re-season as needed. Serve with Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.

Notes:

Adapted from Tuscan Recipes

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Roasted Cauliflower and Sausage Spaghetti

Roasted Cauliflower and Sausage Pasta

Nutty, roasted cauliflower comes together with hot Italian sausage and whole-grain spaghetti to make this super comforting dish.  Nourishing to the soul, hearty, filling and packed with flavor, it’s dishes like this that I crave when cold weather knocks on my door…. 

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