Sisters are the best! A sister can be the ultimate friend, secret-keeper, complaint department, sounding board and counselor. Sisters often swap clothes, frustrations, funny stories, sometimes boyfriends, great ideas, and recipes. Everyone should have a sister! This Pasta with Sausage and Leeks recipe comes from my sister, Marianne, and every time I make this, I think of her. She has lived far away from me for years…like in a different country type of far away…and I miss her! But we chat on the phone a couple times a week, and it seems like the conversation usually ends with the question: “What are you cooking for dinner?” She’s an awesome cook, and I’ve gotten loads of delicious recipes from her.
Pasta with Sausage and Leeks is a tried-and-true, oh-dear-it’s-six-o’clock-and-I-haven’t-thought-about-dinner kind of dinner! It comes together super fast, doesn’t mess the kitchen, and even my kids who hate pasta like this one. It’s a one-size-fits-all kind of thing, a meal you could take to a sick neighbor, feed to a crowd of hungry teenage boys, teach your 10-year old how to make, and heat up tomorrow for leftovers. For pasta, it’s pretty light and won’t leave you feeling slumpy. (I think I just made up a word.) Can you tell that I think this is an awesome dish? I’m starting to get hungry:) I think I’ll whip up a batch right now, and then call Marianne. We can chat while I eat!
- 10 oz. farfalle (bowtie) pasta, or other chunky-shaped pasta
- 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 lb. Italian sausage, mild or spicy
- 3 leeks
- 2 cups chicken broth or bouillon
- 1 cup sweet peas, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta in boiling, salted water until almost al dente. Drain.
- Add butter and oil to large pan, and brown sausage. Turn heat down to low.
- Thinly slice white and light green parts of leeks and rinse well.
- Add leeks to pan and "sweat" over low heat until leeks are soft.
- Add broth, peas and pasta and heat through.
- Serve hot, topped with grated cheese.
*Leeks need to be rinsed very well, even submersed in water to get dirt out of them before cooking.
*This recipe can be doubled or tripled easily to feed a crowd.
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