I received the first issue of my Food & Wine magazine subscription the other day, thanks to my coworker, Melanie, who signed me up for it as a Christmas gift! In this month’s issue there was lots of talk about Napa and wine country (which only makes me want to go back) and all of the recipes looked fantastic but also seem quite doable… and the magazine also reminds me of Bravo’s Top Chef, which reminds me of Tom Colicchio, which I’m not too upset about. Needless to say, I’m one issue in and I can’t wait for the next!
I started looking on foodandwine.com and found a potentially scrumptious recipe with pasta, sausage, basil and mustard. I thought about it and realized I had the majority of these ingredients already. With a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up some pasta and sausage, I was good to go!
Here’s what the recipe calls for (I switched a few things up):
• 1 pound penne or medium shells (I ended up using fusilli since Trader Joes didn’t have shells)
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 8 hot Italian sausages, meat removed from casings and crumbled (about 1 1/2 pounds)- here I ended up using a package of 5 chicken sausages from Trader Joes because a) I enjoy it and b) there isn’t much of a casing so it makes it a little easier to cut and crumble
• 3/4 cup dry white wine
• 3/4 cup heavy cream
• 3 tablespoons grainy mustard
• Pinch of crushed red pepper
• 1 cup thinly sliced basil
Here’s what you do:
3) Add the wine and simmer making sure to scrape up all pieces from the bottom of the skillet, until it is reduced to just about half (about 5 minutes). I really don’t think this could have smelled anyyyy better. Yum!
As I was on their website, I saw that Food & Wine is now having quite a deal with their subscriptions! Sign up for a year subscritpion for yourself and recieve a 6 month gift subscription for a friend both for $19.99. This would be a great gift for Mother’s day, Father’s day, or even a nice gift in an Easter basket!
Happy weekend and HAPPY SPRING!