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Friday, April 10, 2009

Farfalle with Turkey Sausage, Peas, and Mushrooms

This is one of my favorite pasta dishes. It's from Giada De Laurentis on the Food Network. I love turkey sausage, I think it's really flavorful, and I love how all the flavors are very simple but just come together. I adapted this recipe slightly because she uses A LOT of oil and also I could never find Grana Padona cheese so I just used parmigiano-reggiano because the recipe notes that it is similar.

Farfalle with Turkey Sausage, Peas & Mushrooms

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil ( I usually add less, just make it how you like it)
1 pound ground turkey sausage, removed from casing
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
10 ounces cremini mushrooms, coarsely chopped
1 (10 ounce) package frozen peas, defrosted slightly
1 pound dried farfalle pasta
1/2 cup freshly grated Grana Padano 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. Season turkey with salt and pepper. Add turkey and saute breaking any large lumps until golden brown. Remove meat from pan and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to pan and heat. Add chopped mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Saute until all the liquid from the mushrooms has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the peas and saute for 4 minutes. Return the meat to the pan and cook for another 3 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 8 minutes. Drain in a colander. Return pasta to the pot and add the meat mixture. Combine thoroughly and gently cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Drizzle in remaining olive oil. If the mixture is dry, do not hesitate to use more olive oil if necessary. Check the seasoning. Turn off the heat and add the grated cheese. Stir well and serve in large bowl.
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