Don't kill me, it's another (adapted) Giada de Laurentis special - I can't help it, the girl has really great pasta recipes!!
Penne with Sausage, Artichokes and Sun-dried Tomatoes
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: Approx. 20 minutes
1/3 cup drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes sliced, reserve 1 tbs of the oil
3 large italian hot sausages, casings removed
1 large handful of frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and coarsely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/4 c dry white wine
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1/2 package of penne (I used whole wheat, I don't recommend it)
1/4 c of grated parmesan, plus a little more for serving
A handful of chopped fresh basil
1/2 handful chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1/2 handful cubed fresh mozzarella (optional)
Prep prep prep
Making sure that I have everything prepped and organized prior to lighting the stove, really helps to keep me sane (specially when I'm cooking more than 1 dish)! If I've learned anything at all from watching hours and hours of Top Chef and other cooking shows, it's prep prep prep - spending a little more time on prepping, pays off big time.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (for pasta)
Heat oil from tomatoes. Cook sausages (break up with a fork) until brown, about 8 mins. Set aside in a bowl. In the same pan, add artichokes and garlic. Season. Sauté until garlic is tender, about 2 mins. Add broth, wine and sun-dried tomatoes. Boil, stirring occasionally until sauce reduces slightly, about 8 mins. Season.
Start cooking the penne, until tender but still frim to the bite - 10 mins. Drain pasta and do not rinse. Add the pasta, sausage, 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese, basil and parsley to the artichoke mixture. Toss until the pasta absorbs most of the sauce. Stir in mozzarella, if using.
For me, the pasta had a little too much going on. Personally, I prefer simple pasta dishes with one or two killer ingredients. This was a more hearty dish, so of course Hillsy gave it a thumbs up. It's more of a Sunday early dinner/late lunch type of dish.