Posts Tagged ‘quick easy dinner ideas’
Fun loving pasta eaters, rejoice! The fennel, garlic and broccoli go very well with sliced sauteed sausage and freshly grated parmesan cheese along with the crumbled goat cheese – ciao bella! Quick and easy meal to help sneak in some veggies to unsuspecting teenagers and hubbys everywhere!
- 2 or 3 each hot and sweet sausage links, semi-frozen
- 2 small crowns of fresh broccoli
- 3-6 cloves of fresh garlic
- 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 1 or 2 bulbs fennel with their fawns
- Olive Oil
- Large pot of boiling water for pasta – try rotitini or penne
- One large deep skillet, enough that when after cooking sausages and veggies, you can also throw pasta in.
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
- A couple shakes of dried red pepper flakes
- Freshly cracked pepper
- Put pot on to boil for pasta
- Take out sausage from freezer, and slice links into 1/3 inch slices
- Put skillet onto stove, add small drizzle of olive oil and put sliced sausages in.
- Add red chili flakes and fresh cracked pepper – the heat from the skillet opens up their flavors.
- While the sausage cooks, mince up garlic and set aside.
- Rinse and break apart broccoli into small bite size pieces and set aside.
- Cut off frawns from fennel, and with the remaining bulb, slice thin and break apart to resemble onion slices. Set aside frawns for now.
- Once water has started to boil, add good amount of salt to water and a bit of olive oil.
- To cooking sausage slices, add sliced fennel and broccoli to skillet.
- Continue cooking broccoli, sausages and fennel allowing the fennel to caramelize along with sliced sausages.
- Mince up two tablespoons fawns from the fennel and grate up your cheese.
- Drain pasta when just al dente, but try and reserve up to 1 cup of pasta water.
- Add drained cooked pasta to deep skillet and add freshly minced garlic to the mix.
- Add 1/2 of the cheese and up to 1/2 cup pasta water and stir till all are combined. Continue cooking for one to 4 minutes. Add crumbled goat cheese.
- Serve up on plates, sprinkle a little of the minced fennel frawns and extra grated cheese. Ciao Bella! Mangia Mangia pronto!
Easy quick dinner made up in a flash, serve this up with a veggie or salad. Healthy, tender and oh so good tasting, I was surprised how quickly it all came together. Double recipe for a family of four.
- 1-2 pork chops per person 3/4 inch thick – at near room temperature
- 1 large apple – use a granny smith or red delicious
- salt and pepper
- 1 large onion sliced thinly
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1/3 cup port wine (I used Sandeman’s)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon ‘better than bullion paste’ chicken flavor (optional)
- 1 teaspoon freshly dried thyme
- olive oil and a little butter
- 1 skillet
- 1 bowl
- Sprinkle freshly cracked pepper on one side of pork chops and a little of the fresh thyme and set aside on a plate.
- Slice onion thinly while skillet heats up on medium heat.
- Drizzle maybe 1 tablespoon olive oil into hot skillet and add onions.
- Cook onions for 4-6 minutes, stirring frequently.
- While onions are cooking, mince up garlic and set aside.
- Once onions are cooked and slightly browned, take them out of the skillet, put in bowl and set aside.
- Put skillet back on heat, add a little olive oil and a teeny amount of butter and place your pork chops (spiced side down into hot skillet. Cook 3 minutes on each side.
- If you chops are thicker than 3/4 inches, you will have to cook them longer.
- Chops are done when they have just lost their pinkish color. They will continue to cook a bit once out of the skillet. Sprinkle salt, pepper and additional thyme on the other side of unseasoned chops once you have turned them over in your skillet.
- While chops are cooking, peel and slice thinly your apple.
- Remove chops onto a plate and set aside.
- Add apple to skillet and let brown, stirring frequently, let cook for 3-5 minutes, add a little butter if you have to. Add garlic and let cook ONE minute only, you do not wish to burn the garlic.
- Add port wine carefully to skillet, scrape bottom to remove brown bits. Add onions back to skillet. Let cook for two more minutes.
- Add bullion paste, and water and let reduce by a half. Add one small pat of butter to remaining sauce…taste for any need of salt or pepper.
- Pour mixture over your pork chops and dinner is ready.
- I was in such a hurry to eat this amazing dinner, I didn’t take a photo which is unusual for me…. – photo is from deliaonline, but looks very close to what my dinner looked like before I chowed down.