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FestoniSAUSAGE FESTONI

Is that festoni in your pants or are you just happy to see me?!  Festoni pasta has such a intricate shape…folds upon folds of noodley goodness.  Paired with a creamy ground sausage sauce that gets stuck in every crevice, this is the pasta equivalent of an orgasm. Strap in and get ready for a mouthwatering experience!!

1 lb dried festoni pasta
1 T olive oil
1 T butter
1 large onion (chopped)
4 cloves fresh garlic (minced)
1 c dry white wine (ex: pinot grigio)
1/2 lb ground mild pork sausage
1/2 lb ground hot pork sausage
2 c heavy cream
4 T fresh parsley (chopped)
salt and pepper
2/3 c fresh Parmesan cheese (shaved)

1. Boil salted water and add pasta when ready.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil and butter in a large saucepan and add the onion and garlic.  Caramelize on low for 15-20 minutes, stirring often.
3. Add wine, mild and hot ground sausage to the mix and cook gently for 10-12 minutes.
4. Stir in the cream and parsley, then simmer until the sauce thickens.
5. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the flavors to infuse for 5 minutes.
6. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Toss sauce with pasta and sprinkle with shaved Parmesan cheese.
8. SHOW EVERYONE YOUR “O” face!

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Orecchiette pasta resembles little ears. This recipe is so delicious looking, you’ll want to whisper sweet nothings into your bowl. To top it all off it is quick to prepare, so you might want to start thinking about what you’re going to say…

Orecchiette Carbonara

1 box orecchiette
9 slices thick bacon
2 leeks (white and light green parts only) washed, halved and sliced into 1/3″ pieces
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 bag baby peas (steam-in-bag)
3 egg yolks (at room temperature)
1/4 c heavy cream
1/2 c parmesan (plus more for topping)
Olive oil
Salt & pepper

1. Cook the bacon until crispy (leave the fat in the pan).
2. Drain the bacon on paper towels, then crumble into small pieces.
3. In the same frying pan, cook the leeks and garlic until tender (about 6 minutes).
4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in 4 quarts of boiling water and microwave your steam-in-bag peas.
5. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, cream, and parmesan.
6. Add just a splash of the pasta water (reserve a little more on the side in case you need to loosen the sauce later).
7. When the pasta is done, toss it into the skillet with the leeks and heat the mixture on low until the leeks begin to sizzle.
8. Remove the skillet from the heat and toss in the crumbled bacon and the egg/cream/cheese mixture.
9. Continue tossing for a couple of minutes, until the sauce thickens (until eggs are no longer raw).
10. If necessary, you can add a little of the pasta water that you reserved earlier to loosen the sauce.
11. Season generously with salt and pepper and sprinkle on extra cheese just before serving.

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