Saturday, February 7, 2009

Penne with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This pasta has a lot of my favorite ingredients in it - sundried tomatoes, artichokes, sausage, and wine. ;) I love the flavor that develops while the sauce is simmering. We are trying to be a little healthier in the Cooking This and That household these days so I didn't add in the mozzarella; but I highly recommend it if you are not watching your calories!

This recipe is actually my own version of two very similar recipes in two separate Giada cookbooks: Giada's Family Dinners and Everyday Pasta. I have adapted it according to our tastes; but both versions are very good as they are written as well. Mangia!

Penne with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
from Giada DeLaurentiis
Makes 4 servings

3/4 cup drained, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, sliced, 2 tablespoons of oil reserved
1/2 pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed and crumbled
12-ounce jar marinated artichokes, drained and chopped
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
8 ounces penne or other tubular pasta
1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil or 1 teaspoon dried
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley or 2 teaspoons dried
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cubed (optional)

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil reserved from the tomatoes in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook until brown, continually breaking the meat into bite-sized pieces, about 10 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a bowl lined with a paper towel.

Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the same skillet; then add the artichokes and garlic and saute over medium heat until garlic is tender, about 2 minutes.

Add the broth, wine, diced tomatoes with juice, and sun-dried tomatoes. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce slightly reduces, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook until al dentem, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta.

Add the pasta, cooked sausage, Parmesan cheese, basil, and parsley to the sauce. Toss until fully combined; then stir in the mozzarella, if using. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and extra Parmesan cheese.


Sara said...

I made this one and loved it! I used turkey sausage and whote wheat pasta.

Pam said...

Yum. I love every ingredient used. This look hearty and comforting.

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks fabulous! Yum!

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Donna-FFW said...

OOOHHH!! I love all the ingredients in this dish!! Artichokes, sausage , pasta. Sounds like a perfect weeknight meal. Thanks for posting! Ill have to star this as well.