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Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli (from Everyday Food, Jan/Feb 2007)

1# small shape pasta (i used orriechiette)

3 chicken sausage links, cut to bite size

2# broccoli (or broccoli rabe) cut into bite size

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 c. white wine

1/8 c. good olive oil

Salt, fresh ground black pepper, fresh whole nutmeg

Heat salted water for pasta. In a large saute pan, sear sausage until browned; add garlic, stir and cook for one minute, pour in wine. Allow to boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 3 minutes. Pour into a bowl. Add broccoli to pan and cook, stirring occasionally until bright green. Add about 1/2 c. water and cover to steam until broccoli is fork tender but still somewhat firm. Add sausage back to saute pan with liquid, toss to coat broccoli. Cook pasta to taste, then drain. Add sausage and broccoli to pasta and toss well to coat. Season with salt, fresh ground black pepper and fresh whole nutmeg grated over the top. Serve with parmesan/asiago/romano cheese if desired

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What a great meal! It had good flavor but not really overwhelming or anything. There was the tang of the wine, the flavor of the seasonings, the sausage and good broccoli. It was light, hearty and best of all, really really easy. I would make it again, maybe add more vegetables and make the sauce more noticeable. Any time I can cook with some good wine is all right with me. I liked the flavor that a good olive oil gave to the sauce, a nice rich taste but without the heaviness of butter. (I do LIKE butter, don’t get me wrong, but….y’know, my personal poundage and all isn’t really where I would like it to be right now)

But that won’t stop me from jumping into the Annual Mac-n-Cheese Off that’s coming! Co-sponsored by Kevin at Seriously Good and Cookiecrumb of I’m Mad and I Eat, bloggers have been challenged to post their best scratch Mac-n-Cheese recipe, complete with ooozing cheesy photos to make everyone drool. So stay toooooooned……..!!!!!!

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