Sunday, February 21, 2010

Broccoli and Sausage Cavatelli with Garlic and Oil( Aglio ed olio)


A lighter dish full of flavors. Garlic and oil, a touch of lemon and some homemade cavatelli...... try the recipe highlighted, easy to make and you will never want store bought again. Mom loved her cavatelli with garlic and oil, Dad loved the tomato sauce. Amazing how we adapted through the years, so different from where we originated. Grandma was from Rome, Grandpa from Casserta, my Mom family from Bari....all different family versions of how to cook every dish, and every one delicious. Authentic cooking is just a term, what matters is the art and love that makes it every bit unique. Nothing touches your heart more than how a past loved one made the dish..or someone you love cooking it for you now.

Homemade turkey sausage, healthy, and so easy to make.


Homemade turkey sausage, you can make it as spicy as you would like, then add broccoli and lots of Parmesan......

Bruschetta is great with this dish, make sure to get a good grade of balsamic vinegar.

Boil cavatelli in salt water until they float to the top...

Saute garlic, and watch carefully not to burn or overcook.

Steam broccoli for a few minutes before frying in garlic and oil to make sure it is pre cooked.

2 bunches of broccoli, cut into florets removing stalks
1 pound of fresh Italian sausage or turkey sausage homemade (or store bought)
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons fresh lemon
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 pounds cavatelli pasta fresh or frozen
1/2 cup reserved pasta water or chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

In microwave in a large glass pan, microwave broccoli 10 minutes as I like it softer than most( or boil it if you prefer) Drain, and set aside, add lemon juice on broccoli.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic until lightly golden, being careful not to burn it. Add the broccoli, and garlic powder. Saute, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. Broccoli should be tender yet crisp to the bite.
In a large fry pan using a spray oil to coat, fry sausage or(bake on cookie sheet on 400) until cooked. Slice sausage into chunks.
Meanwhile, cook cavatelli in a large pot of boiling salted water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water or chicken broth, and place in a large serving bowl. Toss with the broccoli,sausage, salt and hot pepper flakes. Top with Parmesan cheese. Garlic bread or bruschetta goes well with this.



Optional: Omit sausage and use 1 pound of cubed grilled chicken breast. Also mushrooms and roasted peppers can be added to this dish as well.

27 comments:

Tania said...

What a beautiful dish! Cavatelli are perfect, "bravissima"!

ARLENE said...

I have fond memories of my mom and me making homemade cavatelli--5 pounds of them--back in the day. Your ricotta recipe is perfect. The burning question on my mind is how in the world did you get those gorgeous fur babies to pose with their arms around each other?? Crazy glue? LOL. What an incredibly delicious dinner.

Claudia said...

I am prepping to make Italian turkey sausage as we "speak." This is one of my favorite, easy, healthy dishes - although i am usually lazy and do it with store-bought penne or farfalle. I love giving the brocolli a turn in the grlic and oil - I usually steam them and add them - yours add way more flavor.

Emily Ziegler said...

I'm not quite sure what I could go for most: the food or the pool in the background ;o) Both look fantastic!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Okay, when does the pool open up! Seriously, that dish is wonderful!

alison said...

all is so beautiful,claudia!have a good week!i have a lot of work,i'm tired and the time is so short.i wiil be back on the cookeatshare soon!

Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog said...

Bravo for this delight. More and more I see how such "Italian" is my menu and familiar the recipes. Garlic and olive oil is a must :)

Have a great week!
Gera

Cookin' Canuck said...

Homemade sausage, homemade pasta - what a lucky family you have!

allingoodfood42 said...

Everything looks so delicious. I would love to try some of the homemade turkey sausage and there's my favorite broccoli.

Nicole said...

oh my god - homemade cavatelli and sausage! I don't want my husband to see this post because he will want to know why I haven't done this yet. So many people have not heard of cavatellis, I find it so funny. It's my favorite pasta!

Drick said...

I'm with everyone on this one - beautiful photo, great recipe and a pool party in the works - will wait for invitation in the mail... :-O

redkathy said...

So lovely Claudia! Bruschetta is just perfect with this, I do agree! I'm hoping to get the energy,and the courage, to make some sausage. I was thinking venison. My uncle used to make it then mom would serve with home made spaghetti and spicy red sauce. Oh my, see what you started!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

This looks positively delicious with homemade sausage and cavatelli! I just finished dinner but my mouth is watering for this anyways!

pegasuslegend said...

You are all too kind with your great comments...wish we could all get together and share a huge dinner meet with each other that would be grand! thanks so much to all of you :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Mmm... such a fabulous dish with both homemade pasta and homemade sausage! Perfect!

Federica said...

What a wonderful dish, coloured and tasty! I tried only once to make cavatelli and it was a disaster!Yours are perfect, congratulations! Bye bye, nice to meet you
Federica
http://notedicioccolato.blogspot.com

Nina's Recipes said...

Wonderful and delicious dish! Cavatelli, delicious!!! compliments!

The Cookie Girl said...

Beautiful dish! Can't wait to try it. That ppol view makes me long for Summer. Not until I lose a few pounds though. :)

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Sounds so light and delicious! I love that first photo - wow, it looks like a summer day!

Pam said...

This looks delicious, great colors! I have never tried it but will have to now. Thanks!

megan said...

such beautiful food! It looks so impressive! :)

MaryMoh said...

A very beautiful dish and looks delicious. I would love that for lunch. You are right, everyone's cooking is unique. That makes it special. I still miss my mom's cooking a lot but can't cook like her. Oh, by the way, so sorry you couldn't find the link to my ginger sauce chicken dish. It's at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com/2010/02/23/hot-ginger-sauce-chicken/

Bridgett said...

Wow, this looks incredible! I love the idea of homemade sausage and brings back memories of my family having a big Italian feast and making sausages. This is an incredible dinner.

MyMansBelly said...

I'm about to delve into the world of homemade pasta. This dish is the perfect inspiration for me to get started...NOW. Thanks!

Lori Lynn said...

Looks mighty tasty!
Looks like nice weather there too!
LL

Shannon (The Daily Balance) said...

CAVATELLI! looove this dish - thanks so much for sharing!!

* new to your blog and really loving it! ;)

Trix said...

Ooooh, I wanna make cavatelli!!!! Yum.