Thursday, January 22, 2015

Martha Stewart's Orecchiette with Sausage and Roasted Peppers

I always want to find those recipes that taste like you ordered it from a restaurant but cost a fortune in ingredients and take only a few minutes to throw together.  For a while I thought this was an impossible task but the more I search, the more I realize less is more you just have to pack a punch with the flavors you are using. 

This recipe covers every single one of my criteria!  Simple to throw together...easy to do after a long day of work....and minimal in its cleanup!

Note: we bought the sausage from Whole Foods and had the butcher grind up the meat.  I believe this simple additional step is what gave this dish the deep and rich flavor that made me devour my plate so fast you would have thought someone was going to take it away from me!

Martha Stewart's Orecchiette with 

Sausage and Roasted Peppers

2 medium red bell peppers, four flat sides sliced off core, ribs and seeds discarded
2 medium yellow bell peppers, four flat sides sliced off core, ribs and seeds discarded
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 pound orecchiette or other short pasta
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings
1 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Heat broiler. Place peppers, skin side up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; broil 4 inches from heat until charred, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap; steam 2 to 3 minutes. Using a paper towel, rub off pepper skins, reserving any juices in bowl. Thinly slice peppers crosswise into 1/4-inch strips; return to bowl. Set aside.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
Cook sausage, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned, 7 to 10 minutes. 
Add roasted peppers; cook until heated through.
Transfer sausage mixture to bowl; add pasta, butter, reserved pasta water, and Parmesan. 
Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. 
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