It has been a long time since my last post, trust me that won’t happen again, and in that time I’ve been brainstorming a few new things that one day find a page here. Anyways, this post will be a little different compared to my last in the sense that aside from food I want to share something special with you.
First off I should explain where I’ve been and why the silence on this brand new page. That would be moving… the single worst process in the galaxy. Nothing is as annoying and tiresome as moving. Moving takes time away from everything else and manages to create phantom bruises and scars all over your body that for some reason hurt more than the sore muscles you get from working out. On top of all the chaos and frantic cleaning parties that ensue shortly after everything is boxed and moved, there’s almost no time to cook…which sucks.
So to be blunt, the first thing I did once settled was cook. It’s that thing that channels all the chaos and stress into something soothing and clear. “Food is medicine” and this dish made my new home feel like home again. Pomodoro is a simple but relishing pasta anyone can make at home. Throw in some savory smoked sausage and fresh garden vegetables to create a complete meal. This is one of my favorites that I encourage you to try!
2 packs of smoked Italian sausage
2 bell peppers (any colors)
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup mushrooms
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 yellow onion diced
1/2 cup white wine
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup basil
1 8 oz box of any pasta (Penne is a good default)
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
8 0z marinara sauce of your choice
Start by heating 2 tablespoons of oil in a large deep pot on medium heat
In a separate pot begin boiling water for your pasta. Add a dash of salt and 1 tbsp of oil to water and cover
Slice sausage, peppers and mushrooms. Dice the garlic and onion, then add to oil. After about 1 minute add sausage, peppers and tomatoes. Add wine and a dash of salt and pepper. Cover and let cook, we will check on back in few minutes. The wine needs to reduce before we add anything else
The pasta water should have come to a rolling bowl by now, so add the pasta and reduce to medium high heat then cook aldente. We do not want to cook the pasta all the way because we’re going to add it to the other ingredients and cook a little longer.
After about 10 minutes the tomatoes should have begun to blister by now. Add the balsamic vinegar and basil to the pot. Also add the marinara sauce and reduce the heat to medium low. Cover the pot and simmer for 20 minutes.
Once the pasta is ready, strain and add to the rest of ingredients. Mix in and continue to simmer until the 20 minutes has elapsed. That spinach you prepped will go afterwards. Turn off heat and stir in spinach. Make sure that the tomatoes have reduced and can no longer be felt as whole pieces. Let sit for 10 minutes with cover on, then serve! I like to add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and parsley to my pasta for some added flavor