09/17/13 Fettuccine with Sausage, Sage and Garlic

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Cabbage, Sausage and White Bean Soup
  -Shells with Peas, Cream and Mint
  -Fettuccine with Sausage, Sage and Garlic

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 Recipe: Cabbage, Sausage and White Bean Soup

Cabbage, Sausage and White Bean Soup
Zuppa di Cavolo, Salsiccia e Fagioli


12 ounces fully cooked sausage (about 4)
4 cups thinly sliced green Savoy cabbage (about 1/2 small head)
3 leeks (white and pale green parts only)
One 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed, drained
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 cups baby carrots, cut in half lengthwise, then halved crosswise
2 tablespoons tomato paste concentrate
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
8 cups chicken broth


Halve the sausage lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices.

Halve the leeks lengthwise and thinly slice crosswise (about 3 cups).

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat.

Add sausage slices and saute until brown around edges, about 5 minutes.

Add cabbage and saute 2 minutes.

Transfer to bowl.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to same pot and heat over medium heat.

Add leeks and carrots and saute until soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

Add tomato paste, parsley, and rosemary and stir 1 minute.

Add broth, sausage-cabbage mixture, and beans and bring to boil.

Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Shells with Peas, Cream and Mint

Shells with Peas, Cream and Mint
Conchiglie con Piselli, Panna e Menta


One 16-ounce package large shell pasta or elbow pasta
1 and 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
One 16-ounce package frozen petite peas (do not thaw)
2 and 1/4 cups freshly grated Parmigiano cheese plus additional for serving
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided


Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente', stirring occasionally.

Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid.

Return pasta to pot.

Bring cream to simmer in large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add peas and simmer just until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add 2 and 1/4 cups cheese and stir until melted and sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute.

Stir in mint and 1/4 cup parsley.

Pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat, adding pasta cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls if dry.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer to bowl.

Sprinkle with remaining parsley.

Serve, passing additional Parmesan cheese alongside. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Fettuccine with Sausage, Sage and Garlic

Fettuccine with Sausage, Sage and Garlic
Fettuccine con Salsiccia, Salvia e Aglio


3/4 pound fettuccine (preferably egg fettuccine)
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
8 garlic cloves, peeled, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
1 pound sweet Italian sausages, casings removed
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 cup grated Asiago cheese (about 3 ounces)


Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter with olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat.

Add garlic slices and saute until light golden, about 45 seconds.

Using slotted spoon, transfer garlic to bowl.

Increase heat to medium-high.

Add sage to same skillet and stir until beginning to crisp, about 10 seconds.

Add sausage and saute until browned and crisp in spots, breaking up with fork, about 8-10 minutes.

Drain pasta.

Add pasta and remaining 1 tablespoon butter to skillet.

Using tongs, toss pasta with sausage mixture.

Add crushed red pepper.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer pasta to large bowl.

Top with crispy garlic and grated Asiago cheese. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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Phony Doctors Buy Autos with Phony Checks

Milan - April 2, 2012 - Milan police have arrested six people for fraud after investigators discovered a criminal ring posing as doctors and purchasing autos with false checks.

The scam artists allegedly bought the vehicles through the Internet and then met to close the deals dressed as physicians.

Immediately after sealing the purchase, the suspects transported the autos out of the country, say investigators.

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We say the charlatans who perpetrated this scam deserve a medal not jail time. They deserve it for locating stupid Italians.
They're doing us a favor. Now, we can identify all of them, flush them out and make sure they don't breed again.

We apologize to our readers that we were not able to find the addresses of the swindled car dealers. We're sure we would have gotten this >close< to driving off the lot with a new set of wheels.

Ignazio the dealer: "Dottore Frank N. Beans, the paperwork for the Audi just came in. Here are the keys."
Dottore Beans (specializing in electroshock therapy): "Fantastico! Let me get a crayon here and fill out the check..."
Ignazio: "Dottore, I've been suffering from a lack of mental energy for several weeks now. Would you consider me a candidate for your therapy?"
Dottore Beans: Well, you do sound a bit down today. Maybe you should go suck on a AA battery.

Giovanni the dealer: "Two Mercedes, same model? Of course I have them available. Well, I see colonoscopies keep you quite busy, don't they dottore?
Dottore Culone: "Oh, si si..."
Giovanni: "Dottore, if you don't mind, what is the best way to prevent colon cancer?"
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