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Spicy Chicken and Sausage Rigatoni

Spicy Chicken and Sausage Rigatoni

I really enjoyed making this dish for the first time about 18 months ago. Now this is a very heavy dish and really should only be made once in a while. It is a fantastic community dish that can enjoy with family and friends and Wine.

Ingredients:

4-5 Hot Italian Sauages
1-2 Chicken Breasts cut into chunks
1 can of tomato juice
1 can of crushed tomatoes
1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1 large sweet onion (pureed)
4-5 cloves of garlic minced
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 tablespoon od dried basil
200-250gm cream cheese
1/4 cup of Hot Sauce (more depending on how hot you want it or less for my wife)
chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste.

Preperation:

In a large deep cooking pan add a little vegatable oil and fry off the sausages until almost cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside, do the same with chunks of chicken. After the sausage and pork have been set aside a little more oil and then add the minced garlic and pureed onion. Let sweat a little then add the oregano and basil till fragrant. Add the tomato juice and then the crushed tomato. Stir to combine. Reduce your heat and let the mixture reduce by a 1/4. Add the Hot Sauce and Parmesan, once combined add the cream cheese, to make things easier to combine and melt the cream cheese its best to chunk the cheese into smaller bits. Stir until all the cheese has melted and turned the sauce into a beautiful reddish orange colour. At this time you can slice the sausage into bit size pieces. Add the sausage and chicken to the sauce and turn to combine.

Meanwhile you can boil water and cook the rigatoni to desired tenderness. Drain and then add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir gently so as to not break the pasta. Combine until the pasta has been completly coated in the thick sauce. Just before serving add the chopped parsley for a bit of contrasting colour.

Salt and Pepper and more Parmesan to taste.

Enjoy.

Silky Spaghetti and Meatballs

Silky Spaghetti and Meatballs

I Love Meatballs, to me they are the perfect food. You can prepare them in so many ways. I especially love them when paired with a tomato sauce and pasta.

This is one of my many recipes for Spaghetti and Meatballs. The meatballs are prepared first by frying them first on the outside so they brown up and seal in the flavour and moistness. The sauce is a thin sauce but oh so silky and sweet. It’s a lighter tasting dish and perfect for a beautiful sunny day.

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup of panko bread crumbs (any bread crumbs works)
  • 1/2 cup of chicken stock
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup of parsley
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 4-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • flour for dusting the meatballs
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil

Sauce:

  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes or 12 diced ripe Roma tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 large sweet onion (chopped)
  • 1-2 large carrots (chopped)
  • 2-3 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Topping:

  • diced green onion
  • parmesan
  • olive oil

Preperation

In a large mixing bowl add the ground beef and pork. In a food processor add the panko bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, Parmesan, salt and pepper. Pulse together till combined. Add the mixture to the mixing bowl with the beef and pork. Add the egg and chicken stock. Combine the ingredients together and store covered in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Remove meatballs from the refrigerator and form them into golf ball sized meatballs and set aside on a baking sheet, sprinkle flour on them, turn and do the other side as well, this step adds a great texture, it will also help in thickening the sauce. In a large sauce pan heat up the olive oil. In batches begin to fry up the meatballs, when browned on the outside but still raw in the middle remove them and set aside and finish off the remaining, you may have to add more oil and it will be absorbed. Once all the meatballs a done and set aside. We and begin the sauce.

To prepare the sauce we use a large pot and add a splash of olive oil. Add the chopped vegetables and garlic until softened. Add the bay leaves, followed by the tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and then set to simmer. Let it simmer for about an hour, it should reduce by about half. If the sauceĀ  too thin for you add a small slurry of cornstarch and continue to simmer for another 15 mins. At this time I like to remove the bay leaves. Use a handheld blender and process the sauce until smooth. You can leave it chunky but i like it pureed.

Add the meatballs into the sauce and let it simmer for another 1-2 hours if you can, 20 mins is more than enough to to cook the meatballs the rest of the way. The meatballs will flavour the sauce even more.

The sauce when done will look quite reddish orange, it will be sweet from the vegetables and savory from the meatballs, when served over pasta it coats it in a silky smooth way that it so amazing.

When plating the dish, ladle the sauce and meatballs over the pasta. Sprinkle the parmesan over, then the green onions and drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil at the end.

 

Enjoy

 

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