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Pasta with Chard and Sausage

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This was a delicious and creamy pasta dish, without the added fat and calories of cream.

Ingredients:

8 oz. pasta (penne or linguine)

4 cups chopped Swiss chard leaves

1 c. diced Italian sausage

1/2 c. finely chopped shallot

2 T. butter

1 T. chopped fresh sage

2 T. flour

2 c. nonfat milk

1 c. grated Pecorino cheese

Red pepper flakes for garnish

Directions:

Cook pasta according to directions.

While the pasta is cooking, heat some olive oil in a pan. Add the chard and cook until wilted. Set aside.

In the same pan, melt the butter and saute the shallot. Add the sausage and cook until the sausage is cooked. Add the sage and sprinkle the pan with the flour. Cook for about a minute, making sure the flour is all incorporated. Whisk in the milk and cook until it begins to thicken. Return the chard to the pan and mix well.

Add the cheese and cook some more until the cheese melts and the sauce is nice and thick.

When the pasta is done, add it to the pan with the sauce. If the sauce is a bit thick, thin with some of the pasta water. Mix it well and serve hot with more cheese on top.IMG_3264

 

Meatballs in Mushroom Cream Sauce

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I’ve always loved this dish, only when I was a little girl, we used to use Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup. This was delicious but now I like to know what’s in my food, so I try to make everything from scratch.┬áThis recipe is delicious and just as good as that other stuff!

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. ground pork (or ground Italian sausage without fennel)

1/2 lb. ground beef

1 onion (1/2 sliced and 1/2 diced)

1 clove minced garlic

1/3 c. bread crumbs (high quality)

1 egg, beaten

1 t. Italian seasonings or Herbs de Provence (your preference)

1 T. Worchestershire sauce

2 c. sliced mushrooms

2 T. flour

1 c. beef or chicken broth

1 c. fat free milk

1/4 fat free sour cream

Directions:

Saute the minced onions and garlic in some olive oil. Place into a bowl. Add the meats, bread crumbs, egg, Worchestershire, and spices. Using your hands, mix altogether until well combined. Form meatballs about the size of a ping pong ball (or slightly smaller).

In a frying pan, heat some oil and brown the meatballs well on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside. In the same pan, add the sliced onions and the mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are soft and all the liquid has evaporated. Add the flour and stir. Cook for a few minutes. Add the broth. Whisk in the milk and sour cream. Bring to a boil.

Return the mushrooms to the pan and reduce the heat. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, making sure that the liquid doesn’t dry out too much. Season to taste.

Serve over some rice or pasta or mashed potatoes.