Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Sausage, Feta and Sage

Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Sausage, Feta and Sage

For many of us, the pinnacle of the summer months is the highly anticipated vacation. While we are away, we enjoy the sites, relax and sample the local cuisine. According to Trip Advisor, about a third of travelers introduce new foods into their diets during and after a vacation. I often find that the specialty foods that I’ve sampled while on vacation inspire me when I return home to either recreate or create a new dish that captures the flavors in my memory palate. It is with this inspiration that I created this new recipe.

Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Sausage, Feta and Sage

Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Sausage, Feta and Sage

 

Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Sausage, Feta and Sage

2 pints of roasted cherry/ grape tomatoes (see note below)

3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

5 medium shallots, minced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 lb. sweet turkey sausage, casings removed

8 sage leaves, washed and roughly torn into large pieces

2/3 c white wine

12 oz Feta cheese, crumbled (fat free is okay to use)

½ of 14 oz can of low sodium chicken stock

¼ c chopped scallions

Salt & pepper to taste

1 lb. whole-wheat penne pasta

Roast the tomatoes as directed in the deconstructed bruschetta recipe and allow cooling.

Slow roasting the tomatoes brings out their sweetness!

Slow roasting the tomatoes brings out their sweetness!

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a minute.  Then, add in the sausage, seasoning with salt and pepper, and cook until completely browned and crumbled (about 10 minutes).

Add the wine and sage leaves and cook until the wine is evaporated. Stir in the feta, roasted tomatoes and half the scallions.

Add the chicken stock in ¼ cup increments as you continue cooking for 5 minutes. The “meat sauce” should not be dry or soupy. You want just enough liquid to keep the sauce moist but not wet.

It's a heart "meat sauce" mixture rich with flavors!

It’s a hearty “meat sauce” mixture rich with flavors!

While making the sauce, cook the pasta as directed. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Add the meat mixture and cook for 2 more minutes over high heat, stirring to combine the pasta and sauce. Garnish with the remaining scallions and serve.

This recipe makes 4-6 servings.

This recipe makes 4-6 servings.

 

Yields 4-6 servings.

 

How have you ever tried to recreate or create a recipe after a vacation?

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