Italian Peasant Stew – Sausage and Cabbage Stew

The best thing about cold weather? It’s the best excuse to make a big pot of soup or stew! A hearty and simple Italian peasant stew, which is more stew than soup.

It uses Savoy cabbage (use Napa cabbage for milder taste),  Italian sausage, white beans, fresh parsley, and Parmesan cheese.  We use savoy cabbage for this recipe, but you could use regular cabbage, Asian cabbage, collard greens or even dinosaur kale. If you want to make this stew vegetarian, leave out the sausage and double the beans.
Easy to make and easy on the budget. Buon appetito!
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound Bernie’s Sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings
  • 1 large yellow onion, half sliced and half minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
  • 1 15-oz can of white beans (cannellini, Great Northern, or Navy), drained
  • 1 quart vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1 large (2-lb) savoy cabbage, quartered, then sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup chopped parsley, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup to a cup of freshly grated Grana Padano or Pecorino cheese for garnish (or Parmesan)

Directions

  • Brown the sausage: Heat the olive oil on medium-high heat in a large (8-quart), thick-bottomed pot. Add the sausage, breaking it up into pieces as you put it into the pot in a single layer. When the sausage has nicely browned, remove it with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Sauté onions, garlic: Add the minced onion (save the sliced onion for later) and sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring often.Once the onions give up some of their water, use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add wine, beans, boil, lower heat to simmer: Add the white wine and the beans and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. If you want, for a thicker base, use an immersion blender to blend some (or all) of the beans and onions.
  • Add water, stock, salt, cabbage, sliced onion, bay leaves sausage, then simmer: Add the water, stock, salt, cabbage, sliced onion half, bay leaves and browned sausage. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, then uncover and continue cooking until the cabbage is tender, about another 10-20 minutes.

To serve, sprinkle on chopped parsley and grated cheese.

 

Italian Sausage and Pasta Bake

Yum, another recipe from our files to yours. Enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 6 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Total Time: 41 min
  • Makes 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups dried cavatelli or medium sized shell pasta
  • 12 oz. Bernie’s Sweet Italian sausage links, cut into 3/4 pieces
  • 1 can, 29 oz. Contadina® Tomato Sauce
  • 1 large green sweet pepper cut into strips
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
  • 1 cup shredded mozarella cheese

Directions

1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain

2. Meanwhile cook sausage and pepper in large skillet over medium-high heat, 3 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink; drain.

3. Stir in tomato sauce, basil, oregano and half of cheese. Stir in pasta.

4.  Spoon mixture into 2-qt. casserole dish.

5. Cover and bake at 400°F, 20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese bake uncovered 5 mins. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese

Compliments of Contadina® Tomato Sauce with Italian Herbs.

Beef and Sausage Stew

An oldie but a goodie! A favorite of ours!
This has withstood the test of time. #piemontesausage #tasteittoloveit

 

Happy New Year’s Greetings

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been. -Rainer Maria Rilke

Holiday Greetings

Taste it to Love it and Learn to Cook Cotechino

A tasting of the stupendous sausage at Harvest Market – Champaign tomorrow at 10am and 2pm. Taste it to Love it! #Piemontesausage

Don’t miss the cooking lesson on Friday, straight from the experts, from 5:30-6:30. Join Piemonte Sausage for a cooking demo on an Italian classic, Cotechino with lentils. Learn the origins of the dish, how it is traditionally prepared and how you can prepare it at home! Grab a glass of wine and enjoy generous samplings.

 

Cotechino–Boiling-Sausage-PiemonteCotechino – A Northern Italian Boiling Sausage

 A special sausage for a special dinner…our Cotechino is hand crafted using all natural pork, herbs, spices and white wine for a delicious Bolito Misto.
Product Description

Cotechino:  A special sausage for a special dinner…Hand crafted using all natural pork, herbs and spices cotechino is popular throughout Italy. It is typically boiled and eaten as part of a Bolito Misto (Boiled Dinner with various cuts of meat and vegetables). Cotechino is also served with lentils during the holidays to ensure a prosperous New Year.

Product Description: All Natural Pork Shoulder, Pork Skin, Sea Salt, Dextrose, Black Pepper, Cloves, Garlic, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Thyme, and White Wine in a Natural Beef Casing. Allergy Warning: Contains Wine (Sulfites).

First Batch of Filetto’ Cured Pork

salumiBased on their training in Italy, here is a photo of the first experimental batch of Filetto’ cured pork tenderloin.

For the record this is technically a salumi, a dried whole muscle.  After traveling to Italy, the Coles’ were awestruck by the different kinds of cured meats they saw in the markets.  There’s no grinding and stuffing, in fact the process for curing whole muscles is a new project for these expert sausage makers.

So, the experiment includes salting the meat, curing it for a period of time, rinsing off the cure and then hanging it to age and dry in a meat curing refrigerator. Stay tuned!

 

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WCIA ci Living Storyteller with Piemonte Sausage

by Ryan Burk WCIA ci Living Storyteller

ci5You may not have ever given any thought to how sausage is made, but it actually is a very interesting process. I follow along with Piemonte Sausage to see how its done in this latest Made in Illinois.

 

 

 

 

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Taste it you love it!  It is that simple with Piemonte Sausage.

 

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Shh Secret Recipe Apple Cranberry Pecan Sausage Stuffing

Piemonte Apple Cranberry Pecan Sausage Stuffing

¾ cup finely chopped onion.

1 ½ cups chopped parsley with leaves

1 cup butter or margarine (or substitute sausage drippings for part)

8 cups of soft bread cubes

1 ½ teaspoons dried sage leaves

1 teaspoon thyme

½ teaspoon pepper

1 lb. Piemonte Apple/Cranberry/Pecan Sausage with casings removed.

Directions

  1. Remove casing from sausage crumble and brown. Set aside.
  2. Cook  and stir onion and celery in margarine or butter and sausage drippings until the onion is tender.
  3. Stir in about ½ of bread cubes. Turn into a deep bowl. Add remaining ingredients including the browned Piemonte Apple/Cranberry/Pecan Sausage,
  4. Stuff turkey just before roasting or put into a dish and bake at 325 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes.

About 9 cups of stuffing (12 lb. turkey).

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Sausage Tasting 11/20/16

Taste it to love it!

The one and only owners of Piemonte Sausage, Claude and Susan, will be having a tasting of their great quality sausages on Sunday, November 20th, 4-6pm at Harvest Market, 2209 S Neil Street in Champaign

Stop by and experience the “tastiest,” hand crafted, all natural, artisanal, locally made sausage.