Thursday, August 26, 2010

Penne with Sausage and Leek Sauce

Is One Perfect Bite one of the blogs you read? If not, you're missing one of the most amazing blogs on the blogsphere. Mary's photographs are beautiful and her recipes are delicious!! This is just one of many I have bookmarked to prepare.

I really enjoy the simple flavor and beautiful colors of leeks. My favorite leek recipe is this creamy risotto.

Bow Ties with Sausage and Leek Sauce...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, adapted from Lidias Italian Table

6 quarts salted water
2 large leeks (about 1 pound)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 sweet Italian sausages (about 6 ounces), casing removed
1 tablespoon minced shallots
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided use
1 cup young peas, blanched in boiling water for 2 minutes, or defrosted and drained frozen baby peas
1 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth
Salt and freshly ground pepper
12 ounces bow-tie pasta (farfalle)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigian-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving, if you like

1) Bring salted water to a boil. Cover pot to speed up the boiling time.
2) Meanwhile, prepare leeks: Cut off and discard top third of rough green portion and root ends. Remove any brown or wilted outer layers. Slice remaining green and white parts into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Rinse leek slices in several changes of cold water, swishing them around to remove all soil and grit.
3) In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Crumble sausage meat into skillet and cook, breaking up lumps, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add leeks to skillet and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in shallots and cook for 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon of butter, peas and stock. Heat to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, cover skillet, and set aside.
4) While sauce simmers, stir bow ties into boiling water. When water returns to a boil, uncover pot. Cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until al dente (tender, but firm), about 12 minutes. Drain bow ties well and return them to pot over low heat.
5) Add sausage and leek sauce to the pasta and toss well until pasta is coated. Remove pot from heat, add remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and grated cheese. Toss well. Serve immediately, passing additional grated cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

I am linking this to Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum and Presto Pasta Nights hosted with week by Thyme For Cooking.


  1. You can never go wrong with pasta! I will have to try your risotto recipe, I have never made that yet, I always see Chef Ramsey get mad at people for making it wrong so I am afraid of it!!

  2. I enjoy Mary's blog as well! Your pasta with the leeks looks delicious!

  3. I do love leeks and this sounds like a delicious recipe!

  4. I love Mary's blog and I'm a regular follower. She does have some fabulous recipes. This adaptation looks fabulous. I mean, it's pasta for crying out loud.... who doesn't love pasta!!

  5. You have One Favorite Bite, but I think you meant to say One PERFECT Bite. I love Mary's blog too.
    Happy FF.


  6. I agree, Mary's blog is absolutely is yours! That leek and sausage sauce sounds like it's full of flavor -- what a delicious dish!

  7. I will definitely try this, my husband loves peas!

  8. Hi Julie,

    This looks yummy and I love Mary and her fabulous blog too! After a busy week I'm catching up here and know I could find some comfort food. Will you please fix dinner again tonight for me? LOL! Have a happy weekend Julie. I'll be in touch!

  9. This looks so great. I will hope over to her blog and check it out. Love the flavors put together in this recipe!

  10. Wow !! That sounds great .... need to try it out soon ..

    - Smita
    ( fun food ideas for picky eaters )

  11. What a great looking pasta dish! I love pasta and peas together.

  12. Thank you so much for the shout-out and the link. It really is appreciated. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  13. Pasta is almost perfect in my opinion. I could eat it every day and never complain!

    Mary A.

  14. Good choice in picking Mary's recipes. She is a star. You do a great job, in all that you do. I would eat some of this pasta.

  15. Yum, this looks good. Love a good pasta dish! Thanks!

  16. This sauce sounds like absolute perfection Julie. Another must make to go on my list thanks to you :)


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