Pasta, Peppers and Sausage

Ingredients

  • 1 package fettuccine
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large green bell pepper
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsps olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, sliced into 4 pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups (14 1/2 oz can) diced tomatoes in juice
  • grated parmesan cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450˚. In 13 x 9 x 2 baking dish, toss peppers, onion and basil in olive oil and spread in even layer. Add sausage pieces.
  2. Bake 25 minutes, uncovered, stirring once or twice.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and juice and bake 10 more minutes.
  4. Cook pasta. Drain.
  5. Remove sausage, cut into thin slices, and return to pepper mixture.
  6. Combine pasta and pepper mixture, toss, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Pesto Spread

Great on pasta and sandwiches, recipe courtesy of Annelis and Matt (134 Noble Neighbors)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pine nuts (almonds or sunflowers also good)
  • butter
  • 2-3 cups fresh basil
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Preparation

  1. Toast nuts with butter in skillet until aromatic and slightly browned. Let cool.
  2. Add to food processor along with all other ingredients except oil, and pulse until pasty and thick, slowly adding the olive oil until desired consistency is achieved. Salt and pepper to taste.