Belated Thursday is for Cooking

| February 28, 2020

Ex was busy being dragged into the 21st century, phone-wise, and let TifC slide. She’ll make it up by posting up this weekend. I have a great recipe for a Ninja Foodi, but since not everyone has one of the things, I’ve modified it to work on a stove top and finish in the oven.


You’ll need:
• 1 lb. Italian Sausage
• 1 large onion, diced
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
• 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
• 6 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed
• 1 cup red wine
• 1 can (28 ounces) peeled San Marzano tomatoes
• 1 can (28 ounces) San Marzano tomato puree
• 2 cups chicken stock
• 1 box (16 ounces) dry pasta shells
• 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
• 1 package (6 ounces) thin-sliced pepperoni

You’ll do:

1. In your cooking pot, saute sausage until browned and crumbled. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels.

2. Add onion and olive oil to the pot. Cook until onions are translucent. Add salt, oregano, basil, black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally until onions are lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

3. Add browned sausage, garlic. wine, tomatoes, tomato puree, chicken stock to the pot and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, cover. Simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally.

4. In a second pot, prepare the pasta. If I have to tell you how to do this, you likely shouldn’t be allowed outside with out an escort. Drain when al dente and add to the pot.

5. Stir the sauce with a wooden spoon, crushing tomatoes in the process.

6. Cover pasta mixture with 3 cups shredded mozzarella. Lay pepperoni slices across mozzarella. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella over pepperoni slices.

7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and cook until cheese is melted and browned.

8. Serve immediately.

Crusty bread, a bold red vino and good company to go with. Enjoy!

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    Damn. Now I gots to go back to the K Roger Store. Needs some pepperoni, think I got everything else. Hung around yesterday for the post and remembered that Mi’Lady was still struggling with her telegraph so I finally went on into the big city. The Eye talian sausages I got are in bratwurst form, got them on a deal for grilling purposes so I’ll need a packages of that. This looks like it will be right tasty. Ms Thang at the bakery did hook the brother up with some of that good 3 cheese baked bread. Tanks Matey.

    • AW1Ed says:

      Welcome. Slice the sausages into rounds and fry up, or remove the ground meat from the casings. Either way will do fine. You can always pick up some ground when you get the pepperoni, too.

  2. ninja says:

    Guess what family will be trying out this recipe this weekend?


    BTW, Folks: If you have not tried AW1Ed’s Shrimp & Cheese Grits recipe as well as the Chocolate Lava Muffins, you are missing out.

    BOTH recipes are easy to make. Very, very tasty and as ole Justin Wilson used to say “I Gar-On-Tee” you will not regret trying them. (“Hoo-Wee!”


  3. Ex-PH2 says:

    Oh. My. Gourd!!! There really is a way to make food and not kill yourself off in the process!

    Definitely have that evil SIRI’s number and she’s been benched for the nonce.

    I will have something to post before long. Not dead yet!!! Just inundated by catching up.

  4. AW1Ed says:

    Thanks y’all. This is more of a guideline. If some diced bell peppers (any color but green- they have no flavor) sliced black olives and ‘srhooms fall in to saute that’s not bad.
    Any pasta you like will do, but the rigatoni shown in the pic just didn’t hold up well. An open pasta or noodle will do better.
    I used an Italian cheese mix instead of straight mozz, and fresh grated parm on top of the serving bowls is a must.
    Salad on the side if you have to. And scatter some pepperonis on top of the last cheese layer before you throw the thing into the oven. Trust me on this, you’ll be surprised.

  5. Blaster says:

    I have two teenage boys and two younger boys that think that there are three food groups
    Mac and cheese
    Chicken nuggets/fingers
    Pepperoni pizza

    We’ll definitely put this to the test!


    • Drag Racing Maniac says:

      You forgot the fourth food group… burritos!

    • AW1Ed says:

      MrsAW1 and I raised two sons. Just toss the full plates on the table and keep your hands and feet clear.
      Hmmm, burritos. A good candidate for another day. Thanks!