8 ounces uncooked penne
12 ounces (about 4 links) sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 cup onion, cut into slivers
bunch fresh asparagus cut into 2-inch pieces
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/4 pounds tomatoes chopped
3/4 – 1 cup grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese (I like more cheese for flavor)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves
fresh parsley, chives, oregano to taste (optional)
1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
2. Place asparagus into a microwave safe dish; add a couple Tbs. water; cover with plastic leaving a small vent and cook on high 2 minutes. If you prefer, you can cook the asparagus in the skillet with the sausage and onion.
3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sausage, cook and using spoon to break up the sausage. Add the onion to pan and cook until the sausage is cooled through and the onions are , stirring to crumble sausage. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in pasta, 2 tablespoons cheese, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with additional cup cheese and basil.
1 bag pita bread
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Cut each pita in half and then each half in triangles and place them in a single layer on a sheet pan. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, garlic powder and black pepper.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Aldara & her boyfriend, Sergio came to have dinner with us one last time before departing
Your pasta recipe is a very healthy and hearty meal. Pasta lovers who are diet conscious will surely love this. A sweet Italian sausage will taste better if mixed with Romano cheese.
Me And My Sweets says
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Pat's Pink Apron says
This looks pretty good. I see it has asparagus too. Like to try it.
Little Birdie Blessings says
What beautiful pictures. I'm sure you will miss Aldara terribly, but have left her with memories she'll always treasure. ~ Abby
Oh my, I think I'd love to come to dinner at your house. 🙂
The meal looks fabulous! Thank you for sharing the pasta recipe with us. I think I will 'pin it'. That helps keep me organized with recipes I want to try.
Blessings and love,
That looks delicious and so fresh! I am so trying 🙂 You take beautiful pictures… I am especially admiring your lilac blooms.
That all looks so delicious! Apple and blueberry crisps sounds wonderful, can't wait for the recipe.
What a lovely evening. The photos of you, John and your guests are beautiful.
Great photos of what sounds (and looks) like a wonderful dinner. I look forward to seeing the blueberry apple recipe!
Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says
The penne pasta looks fabulous. I'm a vegetarian but I'll bet it'd be great without the sausage. The meal looks absolutely fabulous! You're truly a gourmet chef!
what a great menu, it all looks so delicious. Sounds like you had a very nice evening. I bet it's kind of sad to see them leave
What a lovely menu! Everything looks delicious, you certainly sent them off with a lovely memory:-)
L, that meal looks scrumptious and such a bittersweet moment with friends departing. We often think of opening our home to a foreign exchange student. We continue to talk with people about it.
A great hostess you are LDH, Your meal looks absolutely fit for a king.Thank you for sharing, and I know you are going to enjoy the gifts too.
Precept Girl says
This looks like a beautiful meal. I know you had fun planning and making all of it. You are a wonderful hostess.
I love springtime Pasta dishes – so fresh and colourful.
Having Aldara with you must have been a great experience for all parties. I think that such relationships, between cultures, are really precious.
Just a little something from Judy says
Oh, and I really like your new blog banner.
Just a little something from Judy says
Your warm, creative hospitality must be a blessing to so many. This couple will not forget the memories that you gave them by your gift of time and food. What a delicious looking meal, and the pictures of all of you are so good!
Maple Lane says
Wonderful photos and the food looks delicious. The orchid and cookbook will be enjoyed for many years, I'm sure. Have a great Monday.
I'm inspired by your hospitality! The recipes sounds wonderful.
That look like a wonderful recipe, Lorraine. Isn't it wonderful to be able to share your food and life with someone from another country? We used to have a Spanish student that came back to visit several times over the years.
It looks like she knows you well-with that book and orchid.
I hope you have a wonderful day- xo Diana