Posted by: zhak39 | February 21, 2010


This weekend we were overrun with teenagers which is a great excuse for pasta.  I make a real simple dish for meatavors–two pounds of sweet Italian sausage browned then drenched in a couple of pounds of chopped tomatoes.  Basic seasonings–chopped basil, oregano and parsley and finished with a generous grating of parmesan while at a simmer.  This on a couple of pounds of penne makes for a great start for a guys night out.

To simplify the next nights meal, before saucing I scooped out some penne, tossed it with a little olive oil and stuck it in the refrigerator.  Tonight for Helen I steamed a bunch of spinach and let it drain.  I took out the pasta and microwaved it for a minute to take off the chill.  Then I grated asiago over it and put it back in the microwave for another minute.  Stirred the melty cheese.  Chopped the spinach and stirred that in then put it back in the microwave for a minute.  Then (here’s the key) crumbled some marinated chevre from the incomparable Goat Lady Dairy, stirred that in and back in the microwave.  (Full disclosure–fresh pasteurized goat milk, Kosher sea salt, cultures & enzyme, olive oil and herbs.)

Phenomenal.  Serve with crushed red pepper at the table (since Helen doesn’t like the hot although the red of the pepper with the green spinach and white cheese makes a very pretty palette).


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