Sausage and Spinach Orecchiette

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The orecchiette is a small ear-shaped pasta from Italy that would be ideal for certain recipes.

The Sausage and Spinach Orecchiette is one such dish. To prepare the orecchiette you will need /2 pound uncooked orecchiette or small tube pasta, 3 hot Italian turkey sausage links, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 2 garlic cloves, minced, 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, 3 cups fresh spinach, 1/2 cup shreddedAsiago cheese, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup rinsed and drainedwhite kidney or cannellini beans, 1/4 cup chopped roasted sweet red pepper, and ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning.

First cook the pasta in a pot of lightly salted water until al dente. Add olive oil to the water to prevent the pasta from sticking.

The prepare first cook the sausage, onion, garlic, and pepper flakes in a large skillet over a medium flame for 6-8 minutes or until the sausage is well done and drain.Add the spinach and the cheese as well as beans, peppers, and Italian seasoning and continue to cook until the Spinach is done. Drain the pasta and add the sausage and toss and add extra cheese.

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No-cream Pasta Primavera

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Pasta Primavera as the name suggests in a fresh take on pasta served with vegetables of the season. Some recipes call for a creamy sauce but the Primavera may also be prepared without.

To do a No-cream Pasta Primavera you will need 1 package penne pasta, 1 yellow squash, chopped 1 zucchini, chopped 1 carrot, julienned 1/2 red bell pepper, julienned 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, 1 cup fresh green beans, cut into pieces, 5 spears asparagus, cut into pieces, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, coarsely ground black pepper, and lemon juice, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, butter, 1 large yellow onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley, 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, and 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese.

To prepare, cook the pasta in a pot of lightly salted water. Add a few drops of olive oil to the water to prevent sticking.

In a bowl, toss the squash, zucchini, carrot, bell pepper, tomatoes, green beans, asparagus, olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and Italian seasoning and bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes until tender.

Use the remaining oil and butter and cook with the onions and garlic in a large skillet until hot. Remove from the fire and place in a large bowl. Toss with eh vegetables and add Romano cheese to taste.

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Italian Sausage Lasagna, sweet

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There is nothing like tasty Italian lasagna to tickle the taste buds. This is the Italian sausage lasagna (read here other news).

To make you will need 12 lasagna noodles, 1 poundsweet Italian sausage, 2/3 cupchoppedonions, 1/2 tablespoonminced garlic, 2/3 cupchopped parsley, 3 cans tomato paste, 1 cantomato sauce, 2 cups water, 1 1/2 teaspoonsItalian seasoning , 1 1/2 teaspoonsdried oregano, 1 1/2 teaspoonsdried basil leaves , 1 poundpart-skim ricotta cheese, 1 packagechopped spinach, 1/2 cupgrated Parmesan cheese , 3eggs , 2 teaspoons garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper , and 3 cupsshredded mozzarella cheese.

First preheat an oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Then bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the lasagna noodles and cook for about 10 minutes.

In a saucepan over a medium flame, cook the sausages with onions, garlic, and parsley. Then add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, water, Italian seasoning, oregano, and basil and mix carefully. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally.

In a separate bowl, mix parsley, ricotta, spinach, Parmesan, eggs, garlic salt, and pepper. Spread some sauce in the bottom of the baking dish and layer with 4 noodles, 1/2 cheese mix, 1/3 remaining sauce, and 1 cup mozzarella.

Repeat and make last layer noodles, sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Cover pan with aluminum foil.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for another 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

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