Penne with sausage, tomatoes and potatoes and zucchini flowers.
We live next to wonderful neighbors that this year have started their own vegetables garden. As you know, we live in Phoenix and gardening can be, for lack of better word, a bit of a challenge. Not only our summer heat is cruel to our garden, but we have an abundance of bunnies that adore anything that we plant. You can actually see those little furry creatures patiently waiting for the little buds to come up from the ground, so they can have a feast.
Bunny situation under control by using a high bed and double chicken wire, “J & J”, my neighbors, have been successful on growing zucchini, squash, herbs as well as great salad. Salad that I have enjoyed for the past week as they kindly share it with me.
During one of our walk I noticed that they have zucchini flowers and could not stop myself of mentioning that I really love them stuffed with anchovies and mozzarella. Yesterday “J” brought me some and I was thrilled.
Anchovies and mozzarella purchased, our little treat was prepared while fixing dinner. I was so excited that I forgot to take a picture of the finished product. Not having my mom recipe with me and not having her at a phone call reach, I made the batter as I was going along. It turned out good even though I know I was missing something in the batter.
For dinner a one meal dish was of order. Penne with sausage, tomatoes and potatoes. Simple and easy and nothing to it.
Tonight’s April 24, 2013 dinner:
Penne with Sausage, Tomatoes and Potatoes
ZUCCHINI FLOWERS STUFFED
Salt and Pepper
Oil for frying
Rinse the flowers delicately under cold water. In the inside part of the flower stuff a small piece of anchovies and mozzarella.
In a shallow dish beat the egg and the heavy cream and season with salt and pepper.
Dip the stuffed zucchini flower in the egg batter and fry over medium high heat, turning one until golden.
Drain on a paper towel and enjoy.
PENNE WITH SAUSAGE, TOMATOES AND POTATOES
1 pound penne pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 sweet Italian sausages cut in chunks
2 small potatoes, peeled and cut into medium size cubes
1 cup tomatoes diced in large chunks or 8 oz. can
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
In a large pot add the potatoes and salted water. Bring the water to a boiling and cook the penne pasta until they are al dente.
Meanwhile in a large deep skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until warm, but not smoking.
Add the sausage to the skillet. Cook on medium high heat until nicely browned and cooked through. About 5 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and cook over medium low heat.
Add the pasta and potatoes to the skillet and add the butter and cook stirring until the pasta is well coated.
Transfer to bowls and serve right the way.