I recently saw the film, Darkest Hour, in which Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill. Set in England on the brink of WWII, the film makes you understand the meaning of real crisis and real leadership. (I must also admit that I was comforted by Churchill’s reliance on booze, cigars, food, and sarcasm. Whew).
But with yet another inexcusable school shooting, I find it impossible to write a lighthearted intro to this week’s Sunday Pasta. It seems that our “Darkest Hour” has slowly crept up on us while our inept politicians fiddle. This week’s pasta recipe is indeed delicious, but please do me (and all of us) a favor: Gather around the dinner table with family and friends to discuss guns in America. Churchill isn’t among us, but the flotilla can still save the day. Use this article as a guide to a non-partisan discussion. (P.s. The only way we solve the gun problem is with Congressional term limits; we need Churchills, not parasites. Throw the bums out.) Basta! Enough!
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Sunday Pasta® Recipe: Penne con Salsiccia, Pomodorini, e Mozzarella Affumicata (Sausage, Cherry Tomatoes, Smoked Mozzarella)
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4-6 1x
- 1 pound penne
- 2 15 ounce cans Italian cherry tomatoes
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 12 ounces Italian sausage, de-cased
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 medium smoked mozzarella, chopped
- Salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the onion in olive oil until translucent.
- Add the sausage, and crumble with a fork. When cooked through, add the tomatoes, salt and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes until slightly reduced.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente (2 minutes less than the package instructions time). Drain.
- Add the pasta to the skillet with the sausage mixture, and add the mozzarella. Mix well.
- Serve immediately.