Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Easy and Quick Weeknight Meal

With all the hustle and bustle during the week, quick and easy meals are a necessity. For me, I like to create a menu for the week on Sunday. A menu eliminates the frustration of not knowing what to make each night as it has already been decided. On the menu this week is this yummy and healthy pasta dish compliments of Stefano Faita from In the Kitchen (weekdays at 3:30 on CBC). This is the perfect quick and easy weeknight meal.

Orecchiette with Sausage and Rapini


1 pound package orecchiette
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 shallots, sliced
4 Italian sausages, mild or hot, casing removed
1 head rapini, roughly chopped and blanched
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated or shaved, to taste
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Bring large pot of water to a boil. Salt generously. Add pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until they start to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Add sausage meat and fry until meat is golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add blanched rapini. Sauté until meat is cooked through and rapini is tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Add drained pasta to skillet and toss to combine. If needed, add a little of the pasta water, to loosen the mixture. Season with salt and pepper and finish with grated or shaved Parmesan cheese.



  1. Already commented on this on Facebook, but I have to say it again...this is THE best pasta dish ever! Maybe not the lightest but we love it and eat it all the time! I've also made that combo in risotto..yum!

    1. Oh yum I love risotto. I will definitely try that combination. Thanks for the suggestion!!