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Nothing says “summer” to me like sausage, peppers and basil fresh out of the garden. This recipe has my favorite ingredients and is best enjoyed al fresco with a glass of wine.
1. Place the peppers on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet under the broiler for about 8 minutes, roughly 4 per side, until charred. Place the charred peppers in a medium bowl. (stainless steel works great). Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the peppers to steam for 20 minutes. Then remove the plastic and under running water, peel away the charred skin. Pat the peppers dry with paper towels. Remove the stem and seeds from the peppers and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices. Then cut the slices in half, so they’re roughly the same size as the pasta. Set aside.
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add salt and pasta. Cook pasta according to package directions.
3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the turkey sausage, breaking into bite-sized pieces with a wooden spoon or potato masher. Sauté until cooked through. Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
4. Add wine and stir to deglaze the pan. Let the mixture reduce for 5 minutes. And chicken broth, peppers and tomatoes to pan. Let peppers and tomatoes heat through and broth reduce a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, and transfer pasta to a large serving bowl. Add the sausage mixture and basil and toss well to combine all ingredients. Add reserved cooking liquid, if needed, to loosen the pasta.
6. Top each serving with Parmesan cheese and a tablespoon or two of ricotta.
There is absolutely nothing bland about this chicken recipe. By marinating it for 2 hours in the dry rub, the flavor reaches all the way to the bone. One guest said, “This is the best barbecued chicken I have ever eaten!”
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!