Monday, August 20, 2007

Emeril is my hero!

I don't normally watch Emeril but I had it on the other day and the casserole he made looked really good so I looked up the recipe and I made it for supper tonight.
I wish you could smell my kitchen right now- it smells amazing and the taste (alright-tastes) I snuck are delicious!!!
I can't wait for supper tonight. It wasn't hard to make either.

Penne a La Vodka Casserole

4 T. olive oil
1 pd sweet Italian sausage
4 c. thinly sliced onions
1 3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 c. basil leaves
1 T. minced garlic
1/2 c. vodka (I omitted this)
2 16 oz cans crushed whole tomatoes with juice
1/2 c. heavy cream
1 T. olive oil
1 pd. penne pasta
15 oz. ricotta
1 c. Parmigano cheese
1 1/2 c. grated mozzarella

Preheat oven to 350.
Heat 2 T. olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Add the sausages and cook, stirring until brown-4-5 minutes. Add the onions 3/4 tsp. salt and pepper. Cook Stirring occasionally until the onions are just soft about 4 minutes. Add the basil and garlice and cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Add the vodka and tomatoes; reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally for 40 minutes. Add the heavy cream, stir to mix and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

To cook the pasta, combine 4 qts water the 1 T. olive oil, and the remaining 1 tsp salt in a large pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente- 12-14 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain well. Combine half of the ricotta cheese and half of the Parmigiano with the remaining 2 T.; olive in in a large bowl. Add the pasta and toss to coat. Add the sausage mixture and mix well. Add the remaining ricotta cheese and the remaining Parmigiano cheese and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a 9x13 dish. Sprinkle with the mozzarella. Bake untill bubbly about 45 minutes.


Brenda said...

Sounds good!!! I LOVE watching Emeril!! I will have to try this recipe sometime!!

Laura said...

What? You mean you don't have a stash of vodka in case a "recipe" calls for it! He he he..

It sounds really good though - I'll have to try it!

Mari said...

Oooh - this looks good, but you know me - I'd have to add the vodka!

Terri said...

Yup, you're right. It does look good. I'll give it a try someday.