Monday, October 24, 2011

Fettucine with Sausage and Kale

When faced with a menu filled with delicious pasta options, I'll almost always go for the simplest options. I love spaghetti coated with nothing but cheese, pepper, and butter. I prescribe to the belief that there's almost nothing better than a perfect tomato sauce. And I love that classic Italian dish that involves some sort of al dente pasta mixed with a hearty combination of savory sausage and bitter green broccoli rabe. It's a true "bloke's" meal (at least, according to Jamie Oliver), and being the voracious eater that I am, I end up having it more often than I probably should.

When I tried to make it for my boyfriend and I one Sunday night, however, I found that the bitterness of the broccoli rabe overtook the flavor of the dish, and distracted from the delicious heat of the Eataly-made spicy sausage. The fact that the pasta was perfectly cooked with just the tiniest hint of bite left in the center, was also tragically overshadowed. (I happen to have a sixth sense for the exact second a batch of pasta should be dumped out quickly and dramatically into the waiting colander.) The recipe I used came from Cook's Illustrated, which usually doles out flawless recipes, which the writer has tested upwards of 60 times. And yet....overly bitter broccoli rabe. Thoroughly discouraged, I decided I would take a break from attempting to make that particular pasta dish and come back to it a few months later, perhaps when another recipe popped out at me and inspired me enough to weigh out another bunch of broccoli rabe.

Sometimes, though, fate intervenes in the form of another dark, leafy green that I had somehow forgotten all about. Kale, in all it's very slightly bitter glory is just as healthy and makes for a decidedly more mellow taste, allowing the fettucine and the sausage to really shine through. Perfect solution, at least until I can figure out how to tame my broccoli rabe into submission. xo

Fettucine with Sausage and Kale
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb hot Italian sausage, casings discarded and sausage crumbled (you can use turkey sausage here if you prefer)
1/2 lb kale, tough stems and center ribs discarded and leaves coarsely chopped
1/2 lb dried egg fettuccine
2/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano, plus additional for serving

Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook sausage, breaking up any lumps with a spoon, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, blanch kale in a 6-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove kale with a large sieve and drain. Return cooking water in pot to a boil, then cook pasta in boiling water, uncovered, until al dente. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain pasta in a colander. 

While pasta cooks, add kale to sausage in skillet and sauté, stirring frequently, until just tender, about 5 minutes. Add broth, stirring and scraping up any brown bits from bottom of skillet, then add pasta and 1/2 cup reserved cooking water to skillet, tossing until combined. Stir in cheese and thin with additional cooking water if desired. 

Serve immediately, with additional cheese on the side.


  1. من أكثر الأمور التي يجب علينا أن نقوم بالاهتمام بها هي مكافحه الحشرات لان الحشرات المنزلية عندما تتواجد داخل المنزل فأنها تؤدى إلى عواقب وخيمة جدا في هذا المنزل الصفرات لمكافحة الحشرات بالرياض ومن أهم هذه العواقب هي الأمراض الكثيرة التي تأتي إلينا بسبب هذه الحشرات المزعجة لان الحشرات تكون ملوثه وتخرج من البالوعات وتخرج أيضا من المجاري وفي هذه الحالة تكون الحشرات تشكل خطر كبير جدا الصفرات لرش المبيدات بالرياض على جميع أفراد الأسرة وعلى جميع الأفراد المتواجدين داخل المنزل وخاصة للأطفال الصغار ولذلك يجب علينا أن نقوم بالاهتمام بهذا الأمر وان نقوم برش المبيدات الحشرية داخل المنزل بطريقه سليمة وأمنه الصفرات لرش المبيدات وان نقوم بعلاج هذه المشكلة طوال الوقت حتى نقوم بالقضاء على أي حشرات تتواجد داخل منزلنا و حتى نجعل البيت نظيف تماما من أي حشرات .

    تعتبر شركتنا افضل كشف تسربات المياه بجده داخل المملكه حيث ان شركتنا لديها قدره كبيره جدا علي معرفه اماكن التسربات وتضع لكم الحل الامثل للقضاء الصفرات للعزل علي هذه المشكله فنحن نقدم لكم خدمه فريده من نوعها والقضاء علي مشاكل التسربات تماما فنحن نعمل وفق منظومه عمل متكامله الصفرات لكشف لتسربات المياه وراقيه جدا ونقدم لكم افضل اسليب الكشف وارقاها علي الاطلاق ونوفر اسلوب فني عالي جدا ونجتهد لنخرج لكم عمل يليق بكم ويليق باسم شركتنا الكبير جدا لان شركتنا هي اكبر.