I had such great intentions of sharing all kinds of pasta recipes using Al Dente Squid Ink Fettuccine-the perfect dish to celebrate Halloween. But, as you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been flying (my broom?) under the blogging radar screen for a couple of months. Luckily I received an email today from Chef T. Steven Dick with a recipe which sounds delicious and has all the right colors for a Halloween Dinner. He is the Chef owner of Kitchen Savant and the Corporate Chef of Joy’s International Foods.
Here’s what he said. ” I love your pasta and I recommend it whenever I write recipes. Thank you for such a great product. Here is a recipe I just now jotted down for some friends, and I had to include your brand in my recommendation. Excellent pasta; I can’t wait to try the Monique’s Sumptous Sauces.
Squid Ink Fettuccine
with Italian Sausage, Fresh Rapini, Crimini Mushrooms and Roasted Butternut Squash in a Sundried Tomato Garlic Sauce
• 12 oz bag Squid Ink Fettuccine
• 1 pound Italian Sausage (mild or hot) cut into 1 inch bites
• 1 bunch Fresh Rapini, stemmed and rough chopped
• 1 pound Crimini Mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
• 2 oz Garlic Joy Sundried Tomato spread
• ½ ea Butternut Squash, small diced, roasted
• 4-6 oz Extra virgin olive oil
• 2 tbs butter
• To taste salt and fresh cracked pepper
• Garnish grated Asiago cheese
Peel, seed and dice the butternut squash into ½ inch dice. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until just knife tender. Roasting gives the squash a big concentrated sweetness that is worth the effort! Alternatively, you can boil or microwave the butternut squash. Caution: do not overcook.
In a large sauté pan heat 1 ounce of the olive oil and begin sautéing the sausage over medium high heat. Sauté for 5 minutes. Add 2 ounces of olive oil and then add mushrooms and the rapini. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms and rapini are done. Add the Garlic Joy Sundried Tomato garlic spread and the roasted butternut squash. Sauté until hot.
Add the pasta to boiling water and cook according to instructions. While the pasta is cooking, finish the sauce by adding the last of the olive oil. Toss all ingredients completely. Season with salt and pepper.
Drain the pasta and toss with the two tablespoons of butter to prevent sticking. Move pasta to a serving platter and top with the Italian Sausage, Fresh Rapini, Crimini Mushrooms and Roasted Butternut Squash in a Sundried Tomato Garlic Sauce. Finish with grated Asiago cheese and
(since I haven’t personally tried this recipe yet, let me know what you think. And, take a photo to email me so that I can insert on to the al dente canoodler. thanks)