Monday, April 25, 2011

Penne In Rose Sauce w/ Sausage


This recipe has been a favorite and can be made a variety of ways!

Penne Pasta In Rose Sauce w/ Sausage


1 Tbs Butter
1 Tbs. Olive Oil
3 cloves minced garlic
1 medium onion thinly sliced
1 lb. Rastelli hot or mild sausage w/ casings removed (I prefer the hot sausage for flavor)
1 15 oz Rastelli Severino Rose Sauce
1 lb. penne pasta
Parsley & grated cheese for garnishing

Melt butter with olive oil over medium heat.  Add onion & garlic.  Saute until tender and golden brown.  Add Rastelli sausage breaking up with a spoon until cooked through.  Add Rastelli Severino Rose Sauce and simmer on low/med until heated through.  Cook pasta according to directions.  Pour sauce over pasta, garnish with cheese and parsely & serve.

Serves about 6

Click on the photos above to find out how to get the Rastelli Sausage and Severino Rose Sauce.

As compliment to this dish, especially in the spring/summer months I enjoy a unique cooling white wine that has a wonderful history accompanying it.  

Leone D’Oro™ Gavi.  DOCG, made exclusively from Cortese grapes.   The name Gavi derives from the town of Gavi which is at the centre of the production zone and the indigenous white grape variety from which it is made. Due to its close proximity with Liguria its winemaking and gastronomic traditions are more Ligurian than Piemontese, which could explain the light and fruity style of this white wine.

Gavi was Italy’s first white wine to gain international repute and is still considered one of the top ranking Italian whites today. Made exclusively from the Cortese grape, a variety which has a heritage dating back to the 1600s.  It is noted for its bone dry character and crisp, flinty and fresh acidity. The bouquet is particularly floral offering delicate aromas reminiscent of white flowers, lemons, green apples and honeydew.  It is a well-balanced wine, distinctly fruit-driven with underlying hints of almonds on the finish. 

Leone D’Oro™ (Golden Lion) is the official wine brand of Order Sons of Italy of America (OSIA) – developed with licensing partner Votto Vines Importing.  

Who are the Sons Of Italy?
The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA) is the largest and oldest national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States.  They were founded in 1905 as a mutual aid society for the early Italian immigrants, today OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 650 chapters coast to coast, making it the leading service and advocacy organization for the nation's estimated 26 million people of Italian descent.
It was at the turn of the 20th century, a growing tide of Italians, largely from the south, immigrated to the United States.  In the US the work was plentiful and land was cheap.  They departed in search of opportunities denied by their homeland.
In southern Italy the noble families owned half of all the farmland. What did this mean to the millions of peasants who were sharecroppers?  Well they were lucky to find work six months out of the year because the landowners were careless about farming, thus productivity suffered accordingly.
The peasants were required to give as much as half their crops to the landowners.  The peasants were also taxed by the government, had their sons drafted into the Italian military and watched their children die from poor nutrition and inferior medical care.
The exodus of Italians from their villages more than a century ago has no parallel in history. Out of a population of 14 million southern Italians, an estimated five million left by the outbreak of World War I. It is the largest recorded exodus of a single ethnic group in history.
Most of these immigrants came to the United States during "The Great Migration" between 1880 and 1922. In 1923, the United States restricted the immigration of southern and eastern Europeans, but by then more than 3 million Italians had become permanent U.S. residents.

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