Friday, April 16, 2010

country style rigatoni penne

it was my father's birthday today. i decided to invite my parents over and make dinner. whenever they dine at a certain italian restaurant around here, he always orders country-style rigatoni so i figured, why not? when my parents came over, they brought us a little housewarming plant. how pretty!

i bought this plate at an antiques barn recently. it copies my [would have been someday inherited until they were sold] plate set. i am sure it's not original, but i love it all the same. tonight it held some nice cantaloupe which had some leftover prosciutto to go with it.

i made more garlic butter to go with this yummy Hannaford bakery bread. it was suprisingly good. don't you just love my new serving bowls? antiques barn. love them.

ok, so you say, what rigatoni? i'm stubborn and wouldn't buy pasta that wasn't whole grain so penne it was! it was a good dish overall and i would totally make it again! i would make some minor changes like maybe another can of beans...

country style rigatoni (or penne!)
1 lb mild sausage
1 can (15oz) of chicken broth
1 (or 2) can of cannellini beans
1 lb pasta
1 med onion
3 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
3 slices of prosciutto
olive oil

1. over med/high heat place 2 tbs of olive oil into a large skillet and add onions and garlic. cook until soft.
2. add sausage and break up. cook for another 8-10 until sausage is done.
3. add chicken brother, seasonings, beans, and cheese.
4. cook until it begins to thicken (5-10 mins).
5. chop up and add prosciutto last.
6. cook pasta about 4 minutes.
7. add broccolli to water and continue to boil until pasta is done.
8. add pasta and broccolli to skillet and turn off heat.
10. eat and enjoy!

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