10/21/08

Did I Ever Tell You...



I absolutely love fall. It's freckinfalltabulous! I can cook food that I otherwise couldn't make in the summer because it would be hotter than my little rear end deep frying in the bowels of hell. Anyways, with all that warm comfort food I can wear sweaters to cover up my winter blubber. Which if I was deep frying in hell, would make me an extra crispy and wonderfully tasty afternoon snack for someone. Satan, comes to mind. Sure, I won't be MADOF but I'll be cuddly with all my extra padding. Fat, if I'm being truthful but still cuddly.

In all fairness, I need to tell you I butchered this recipe. *sigh* I forgot the sausage and cream *more sighing, with head shaking* which would have been a lovely addition. *head now hanging down in shame, wringing hands* I sauteed the mushrooms in shallots, olive oil, butter, Italian parsley, and white wine. It was great just as it was, because I am Evil Chef Mom but I can only imagine how much better it would have been with sausage and cream. *now weeping at the thought of how great it could have been*

Sausage and Mushroom Penne Gratin: (heavily and I mean heavily adapted from Gourmet November 2008)

serves 4 to 6

1lb dried penne
1lb bulk sweet Italian sausage (forgot it)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 lb mushrooms, sliced
1 garlic clove (used a shallot instead)
1 cup heavy cream (oops forgot it)
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
8 oz shredded whole-milk mozzarella

Cook penne in a past pot of boiling water. Cook until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water, then drain pasta and transfer to a (I love this instruction) a flameproof 3 qt baking dish. (Seriously, it's going in under the broiler, it better be flameproof! Are we that stupid nowadays, we need to be told this?) Preheat broiler. Meanwhile, cook sausage in 1 tablespoon of oil in a 12 inch nonstick skillet over high heat, stirring occasionally and breaking up any large pieces, until no longer pink. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl, leaving fat in skillet. (What I did was put the tablespoons of oil and two tablespoons of butter in a hot skillet and sauteed the mushrooms and shallot, until the mushrooms were good and caramelized. Then added a 1/4 cup of white wine, a handful of chopped Italian parsley and some salt and pepper to taste. I then let the wine cook off some. Mixed it with the pasta, added the cheese and stuck it under the broiler. Until bubbly and golden brown) Add remaining tablespoon of oil to skillet along with mushrooms and garlic, then cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until mushroom are golden, about 3 minutes. Return sausage to the skillet along with cream, reserved pasta water, a rounded 1/4 tsp. of salt, and 1/4 tsp. of pepper and boil over high heat, stirring once or twice, until thickened, about four minutes. Pour over pasta, then stir in 1/2 cup of mozzarella, and salt to taste. Spread evenly in a baking dish and top with remaining mozzarella. Broil 3-4 inches from heat until golden brown in spot, about 5 minutes.

Tasting Notes: If anybody actually makes the Gourmet version, let me know how it tasted!

As for the salad... make it. All it is is spinach, peeled and sliced blood oranges, sliced Haas avocado, salt and pepper, a little good olive oil and sherry vinegar. It is easy and makes you feel all elegant and gourmet and healthy and stuff. Can you see I am all out of adjectives today?

18 comments:

Julia said...

I can understand forgetting the cream, but the sausage??? :) Nonetheless, it looks great! And I know how you feel about fall, I'm about to make bolognese.

Mental P Mama said...

Yum. Cubed.

Lisa said...

Salad sounds great too. Blood oranges just reappeared in my grocery store last weekend so I'll have to give it a try!

Mama Goose said...

Oh my word that looks amazing. Yep. Gotta try it. Thanks Krysta!!

melissa said...

Both versions seem great. I'd have to have the sausage one though or else Steve would stage a revolt at the table.

Him: No meat?? *Gasp*

Me: *Eye roll*

And Fall is my most favoritest season by FAR. Always has been, long before I cooked. September through December = bliss for me. I try not to let it slip by without paying attention and being glad.

noble pig said...

Well I love all the melted goo and a bit of brown yum. But, I just looked at the weather and it's going to be 88 for a week...what the hell...back to salads and avocado.

Stacey Snacks said...

How bad can this be?
Heavy cream, mozzarella and sausage?
YUM!

Lisa said...

I can't believe you freaking made this recipe! I just took my copy of gourmet to work and copied it to make! How freaky is that? I'm going to make it soon. I have the in-laws coming in town for a week, so it may be the week after that.

I'm still freaked out that we both picked the same recipe.

jack's utter lack of surprise said...

that looks wickedly delicious.

Cheryl said...

Looks faboo to me, even with the missing ingredients! I love fall too!

MGF said...

This so works,I was thinking of looking for a new sausage and pasta recipe.
Thanks, I am gonna try it out.

Grace said...

i think "gratin" is just another word for "delicious." happy fall!

Kim said...

There is nothing butchered looking about your gratin. Either version looks good and I too adore fall beyond words. Happy Fall to you!

asthmagirl said...

It does look fab, and I have some sausage begging to be used in a pasta dish. I like your version with the wine as well!

katie said...

I am totally making it with the sausage and the cream. And I am not even gonna have a salad-even.

cook eat FRET said...

as much as i love sausage, i can see how this would be more than AOK without it... perfect - just perfect. that to me is my version of mac cheese. mmmmmm.....

SaintTigerlily said...

Hey! I went ahead and made this Monday night as my "first time cooking for The Boss as a married lady" meal. I did the original Gourmet version and it was divine. GREAT recipe. Thank you!

I am going to post about it later today if you want to see pics.

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