A one-dish meal is always a good choice for Friday night. I love to put a big dish in the oven, let the flavors marry, and create a special dinner – while giving me time to do a couple of chores – or write a blog! Comfort was on the agenda again tonight. Ritchey has worked especially hard this week – last night it was 10:30 when he walked through the door! He needs to be pampered tonight. Today has not been the rainy day of yesterday, but it was still damp and chilly – so I wanted to serve something with warmth and depth! Sausage, pasta, beans, tomatoes and spices – oh, and cheese! I can definitely build on that!
The green tomatoes give this dish a unique flavor – quite unlike a ripe tomato!
For Mother’s Day Linton, my son, gave me two journals – The Gourmet – one for each of us for our recipes, cooking notes, etc. And when we are finished we will exchange them. He is an excellent cook and I look forward to the day when he brings me his journal!
Friday Night Special
- 1/2 pound sausage
- 1 red onion, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 pound penne pasta, cooked to package directions
- 1 – 15 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
- 1 – 15 ounce can dark red kidney beans
- 1/2 cup black pitted olives
- 2 handfuls chili powder
- 1 handful cumin
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground thyme
- 2 light green or beginning to turn tomatoes, cored and chopped
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, shredded
- sour cream
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small skillet brown sausage, breaking up into small pieces. When brown add onion and saute five minutes. Add garlic and saute another minute. Remove from heat.
In a large bowl combine the sausage mixture, cooked pasta, canned tomatoes, kidney beans, black olives and spices. Stir well to combine. Add the green tomatoes and 2/3 of the mozzarella. Mix well.
Pour into a large dish. Top with remaining mozzarella. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. After 15 minutes lay a sheet of foil over your dish. Remove foil for the last five minutes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and homemade guacamole. Enjoy!